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Arkansas / Missile Silo Explosion #67595

ABC Evening News for Friday, Sep 19, 1980
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(Studio) Pentagon said refusing to comment on explosion of Titan II missile and current status of its nuclear warhead in Arkansas this morning; details given.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds

(Damascus, Arkansas) Background to explosion given; films shown. [PEOPLE - describe explosion.] Injuries to those in the area detailed; similar explosion here 2 years ago recalled. Residents said threatening court action to have all missiles removed.
REPORTER: George Strait

(DC) Problems posed by Titan missiles outlined; details of past accidents admitted to by Air Force listed on screen. Location of remaining Titan missiles shown on map; deaths resulting from fuel leak at Kansas site 2 years ago recalled. Size of nuclear warhead on Titans compared to World War II bomb dropped on Hiroshima, Japan. [Air Force Secretary Dr. Hans MARK - comments.] Possibility of plutonium leak said not discussed by officials. [President CARTER - says he's called for investigation by Defense Secretary Harold Brown of accident and of Titan missiles.] Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT) I proponents recalled fighting for keeping Titans.
REPORTER: John McWethy

(Studio) No. evacuated from nearby towns of Damascus, Bee Branch, Gravesville, Arkansas, noted; details given.

(Conway, Arkansas) Criticism of authorities over safety of missile base examined; 1978 evacuation due to fuel leak recalled. Films shown. [Opal MAY - comments.] Senator David Pryor noted calling for missile alarm systems. [PRYOR - comments on "Paul Revere" system.] [Gertrude WOODRUFF - says she'll leave Arkansas.] Evacuees reported returning home today.
REPORTER: Jim Hickey (KATV film/tape)

(Studio) Upcoming items announced.
REPORTER: Max Robinson

Hickey, Jim;
McWethy, John;
Reynolds, Frank;
Robinson, Max;
Strait, George

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