Nuke missile silo fire went undetected for five days

Posted: November 6, 2008 in Politics
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From the article:

A fire caused $1 million worth of damage at an unmanned underground nuclear launch site last spring, but the Air Force didn’t find out about it until five days later, an Air Force official said Thursday.

The May 23 fire burned itself out after an hour or two, and multiple safety systems prevented any threat of an accidental launch of the Minuteman III missile, Maj. Laurie Arellano said. She said she was not allowed to say whether the missile was armed with a nuclear warhead at the time of the fire.

Arellano said the Air Force didn’t know a fire had occurred until May 28, when a repair crew went to the launch site — about 40 miles east of Cheyenne, Wyo., and 100 miles northeast of Denver — because a trouble signal indicated a wiring problem.

She said the flames never entered the launch tube where the missile stood and there was no danger of a radiation release.

The fire, blamed on a faulty battery charger, burned a box of shotgun shells, a shotgun and a shotgun case that were kept in the room, Arellano said. A shotgun is a standard security weapon at missile silos.

Arellano said the battery chargers at all U.S. missile launch site have been replaced.

She said the incident wasn’t reported sooner because of the complexity of the investigation.

The damage from the fire was estimated at $1 million, including the cost of replacing damaged equipment and cleanup.

Okay this is why I do not approve of nuclear weapons it´s very wreckless and stupid to have them around let alone use them.

And the Americans rant about the Russians not keeping trace of there nukes, clean your own fucking garden before ranting about how shitty you neighbour garden looks.

Well I´m glad the nothing happened.

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WOG out.

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Comments
  1. ru486 says:

    You said it my friend “And the Americans rant about the Russians not keeping trace of there nukes, clean your own fucking garden before ranting about how shitty you neighbour garden looks”. To true.

    keep the good work up , all wogs thank you.

    Ru-486

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