1980: Titan II exploded in it's silo
Fuel vapors from a Titan II intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) at Damascus, Arkansas exploded in the missile's silo


By MSgt William Medema
Posted Monday, September 19, 2005

  
1980: Titan II exploded in it's silo
Titan II ICBM


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Fuel vapors from a Titan II intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) at Damascus, Arkansas exploded in the missile's silo, blowing off the 740-ton silo door of reinforced concrete and steel and catapulting the missile's nuclear warhead 600 feet. The accident occurred when an Air Force repairman dropped a heavy wrench socket that struck the missile, causing a leak in the missile's pressurized fuel tank. The fuel caught fire and exploded approximately 8 ½ hours later, killing one person and injuring twenty-one others. The missile's reentry vehicle, which contained a nuclear warhead, was recovered intact.


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