• Short Summary

    In the United States the veil of mystery surrounding the Titan missile silo explosion continued on Monday (22 September) as Air Force and Pentagon officials left the area with a heavily guarded truck convoy.

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    GV Truck carrying nuclear warhead from Titan missile involved in accident at Damascus Arkansas, USA.
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    AV Truck with lead containers on the try travelling down motorway.
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    3.
    SV Truck on motorway. (2 SHOTS)
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    GARDENER: "The convoy of military vehicles, country and state police officers moved away form the missile silo complex early this morning. The Air Force has continued its policy of secrecy and would not confirm, nor deny that the object on the rear of the large flat-bed truck was indeed the 9-megaton nuclear warhead believed to have been blown off the top f the missile that exploded early Friday morning. There were two lead containers on the flat-bed, marked "do not drop". State police were reportedly notified just 40 minutes before the truck left the missile silo that an escort was needed. Arkansas public safety director, Sam Tatem, had asked the Air Force for four hours notice. The warhead is said to be the most powerful one in the US nuclear arsenal. It will apparently be stored in a bunker at the Little Rock Air Force base. The Air Force has not said what will be done with the device now, or how long it will remain here. Ron Gardener for NBC News, Little Rock."





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    REPORTER: RON GARDENER

    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: In the United States the veil of mystery surrounding the Titan missile silo explosion continued on Monday (22 September) as Air Force and Pentagon officials left the area with a heavily guarded truck convoy. Speculation has it that the convoy transported the Titan's nuclear warhead away from the missile site. NBC's Ron Gardener watched it move off.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA4G5AH8JJMUEPP7O47HEETCR63
    Media URN:
    VLVA4G5AH8JJMUEPP7O47HEETCR63
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    23/09/1980
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:00:54:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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