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Arkansas / Missile Silo Explosion #512589

NBC Evening News for Friday, Sep 19, 1980
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(Studio) Explosion of Titan II ICBM (intercontinental ballistic missile) with nuclear warhead in Arkansas reported; details given.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(Damascus, Arkansas) Missile's explosion examined; films shown. Extent of casualties noted. [MAN - comments.] Condition of nuclear warhead and evacuation of surrounding area reported [WOMAN - comments.] Incident involving same missile 3 years ago recalled; films shown. [Sheriff Gus ANGLIN - comments.] No. of Titan II missiles in area mentioned; President Carter said calling for investigation and inspection of other Titan IIsland
REPORTER: Roger O'Neil

(DC) Air Force explanation of accident outlined; diagrams shown. Schematic of nuclear warhead and safeguards against accidental detonation discussed; criticism of Titan missiles noted.
REPORTER: Robert Hager

(Studio) Antiquity of Titans cited; locations of remaining Titan missiles mentioned. MX missile system said designed to replace them.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

Chancellor, John;
Hager, Robert;
O'Neil, Roger

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