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West Germany / Pershing II Accident #299696

CBS Evening News for Friday, Jan 11, 1985
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(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Dan Rather

(Heilbronn, West Germany) Accident at United States base near Heilbronn, West Germany, in which Pershing II missile caught fire examined; films shown. [Brigadier General Raymond HADDOCK - denies danger to civilians.] Army's effort to conceal base's location and identification described; anti-missile demonstration following word of accident noted. [PROTESTER - cites fear of repeat, lack of info.]
REPORTER: Doug Tunnell

(DC) Apparent circumstances surrounding missile fire examined; films shown. [Center for Strategic Studies spokesperson Robert HUNTER - believes Army's claim that no nuclear warheads were involved; feels recent Geneva arms mtg. between Secretary of State George Shultz and USSR foreign minister Andrei Gromyko will lessen impact on foreign relations] Burden on Defense Department to reassure both Europe and United States mentioned.
REPORTER: David Martin

Martin, David;
Rather, Dan;
Tunnell, Doug

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