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Nuclear Blast Failure #258001

CBS Evening News for Wednesday, May 24, 1978
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(Studio) Scientists' puzzling oyer failure of atomic device to explode is subject of report
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Yucca Flat, NV) Details given with regard to nuclear device's failure to explode at Nevada nuclear weapons test site earlier in month Energy Department film of earlier test, showing what should have happened, shown. Is noted shock waves would have been felt in Las Vegas. Disarmament of bomb after malfunction and discovery of reason for malfunction reported Scientists' dilemma about what to do with unexploded bomb outlined. 1975 incident nearby that left nuclear device unexploded detailed; artist Howard Brodie's recreation of incident shown. Possible halting of underground tests considered. [Test controller Troy WADE - says they won't leave unexploded bombs underground, if this happens.] Indications from background briefings that officials have plan for vaporizing unexploded bombs reported.
REPORTER: Terry Drinkwater

Cronkite, Walter;
Drinkwater, Terry

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