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Arkansas / Missile Silo Explosion #272880

CBS Evening News for Friday, Sep 19, 1980
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(Studio) Explosion of Titan II missile with nuclear warhead in Arkansas reported; details given. Witness quoted.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Damascus, Arkansas) Explosion examined; films shown. [WITNESS - describes incident.] Evacuation of Damascus and most of Van Buren Cnty., Arkansas, noted. [WOMAN - comments.] Dilemma faced by residents and authorities outlined. [PEOPLE - comment.] Lack of public early warning system and Senator David Pryor's efforts to get such system noted. [PRYOR - comments on "Paul Revere" warning system.] Evacuees said returning home today.
REPORTER: Lem Tucker (KTVH film/tape)

(Studio) President Carter's response to accident outlined; "Washington Post's" comment on Titan II missiles 2 years ago recalled, quoted.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(DC) Titan II missiles discussed; location of remaining missiles shown on map. Titan II mishaps in 1979 outlined on screen; August 24, 1978, Titan II accident in Kansas recalled. Details given, films shown. Air Force efforts to praise Titan II mentioned; House television tape shown. [Representatives Dan GLICKMAN, Senator Robert DOLE - comment on Air Force report, Titan II.] [Former Titan base commander James LITSEY - comments.] Difference between Titan and other missiles of United States noted. [Air Force Secretary Hans MARK - comments.] Several Representatives said calling for hearings with regard to possibly phasing out Titan II missiles.
REPORTER: Ike Pappas (KOLD-TV newstape)

Cronkite, Walter;
Tucker, Lem

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