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Command and Control presents the true story of what happens when weapons built to protect threaten to become the very source of our own destruction. Based on bestseller by Eric Schlosser, the film tells the story of a 1980 accident at a Titan II missile complex in Damascus, Arkansas, and explores the great dilemma or our time: How do you manage weapons of mass destruction without being destroyed by them?
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The accident this video describes happened on September 18, 1980, at the Launch Complex 374-7 located just North of Damascus, Arkansas. It documents the maintenance mishap that caused a rupture in the first stage of the Titan II missile's Aerozine 50 fuel tank. This leak ultimately caused a massive explosion that totally destroyed the silo and the top-side facilities of the complex. The accident resulted in the death of David Livingston, a PTS technician, a day later.
This video is based on the book published in 2013 by Eric Schlosser: Command and Control: Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident, and the Illusion of Safety. The video accurately depicts the events that led up to and including the actual accident and its aftermath. It contains original footage at the launch complex as well as the reenactment filmed at the Titan Missile Museum located in Green Valley, AZ.
For anyone that is interested in the Cold War and the complexities and dangers that accompanied it, this film is a good addition to your video library.