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Cloud-Seeding Experiment / Lawsuit #240882

CBS Evening News for Monday, Jun 09, 1975
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(Studio) CBS reports on lawsuit that charges there was link between innocently planned scientific effort and day of death and disaster.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Rapid City, South Dakota) In June 1972, federal government and South Dakota School of Mines Institution of Atmospheric Sciences in joint project seeded number of clouds over Black Hills of South Dakota. Film of 1972 cloud-seeding experiment shown. In matter of hrs., rain began and turned into flash flood over Rapid City. Rapid City attorney files class action suit charging negligence in cloud-seeding operation. Film of flood in `72 shown; more than 240 people killed; damage ran into millions. [Attorney Horace JACKSON - thinks if lawsuit causes people to be more careful in tinkering with nature, it will have desirable result.] [Former mayor Don BARNETT - says many right-wing conservatives tried to link cloud-seeding with Communist plot.] Cloud-seeding operations continue throughout world. Lawsuit decision could take years
REPORTER: Sharron Lovejoy

Cronkite, Walter;
Lovejoy, Sharron

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