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Archive for Sunday, August 3, 2008

Rocket booster remains under guard in ditch

August 3, 2008

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— The Air Force said a truck carrying the booster for a Minuteman III overturned last week a few miles east of Parshall in northwest North Dakota, but there was no danger to the public.

The truck and booster rocket, which is 66 feet long and weighs 75,000 pounds, were still sitting along the road Saturday, under armed guard.

"It has to be 100 percent stable for movement. It's not a quick process - we have to make sure everything is stable first," said Maj. Laurie A. Arellano, an Air Force spokeswoman.

The truck was traveling from Minot Air Force Base to a launch facility in northwestern North Dakota when it crashed on the gravel road Thursday morning between Parshall and Makoti, about 70 miles from the air base. Two airmen in the vehicle were not seriously injured, the Air Force said.

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