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Henderson, Nevada / Explosion #321531

CBS Evening News for Thursday, May 05, 1988
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(Studio: Dan Rather) Reports introduced

(Henderson, NV: Terry Drinkwater) Rocket fuel plant explosions in Henderson featured; details recalled, scenes shown. Nevada governor reported requesting emergency funds. [Plant employment Frank QUINTANA - comments on attempting to put out fire.] Officials noted beginning to estimate damage. [Resident Paul HARRIS - describes blast.] [PEOPLE - comment on explosions.] [MAN - shows damage.] School shown after explosion. [Assistant principal Gail DICKSON - comments on explosion.] [CHILDREN - describe fears.] Some insurance policies reported not covering this type of disaster. [Store owner Katherine CROSBY - comments on damage to store.] [WOMAN - describes falling.] Scenes shown of people recovering from explosions.

(Henderson, NV: Peter Van Sant) Investigators shown inspecting debris of rocket fuel plant. [United Steelworkers Union Mike WRIGHT - says empls. considered plant unsafe.] [Governor Richard BRYAN - comments on situation.] Empls. quoted with regard to fire-causing explosions. [Worker Randy GREEN - comments on fire.] [Worker Rhett KIRK - comments on fire.] Empls. quoted re: safety violations. [Steelworker James THOMPSON - comments on situation.] [Pacific Engineering Company spokesperson Keith ROOKER - comments on situation.] Company noted producing fuel for NASA's shuttle and rocket boosters. Experts noted fearing that remaining company producing rocket fuel, Kerr-McGee, won't be able to meet NASA's demands. [Kerr-McGee spokesperson Annita BRIDGES - comments on possible increase in demand.] Explosion's impact upon space program discussed.

Drinkwater, Terry;
Rather, Dan;
Van Sant, Peter

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