Missile Atlas 52D Test code named Chain Smoke ready for launch by the Strategic Air Command (SAC) from pad 576 B-3 at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California The missile takes off and begins its flight upward. At TC:01:49 some white smoke emanates from the missile and it is seen to be burning. A moment later it explodes in a huge fireball with pieces ejected trailing white smoke. The camera tracks the largest piece as it falls and crashes behind a ridge at the shoreline (likely into the water). Various vehicles are seen along fence line at secure area set back from the shoreline.
(Note: This missile suffered a pressurization system failure that resulted in the LOX tank over-pressurizing and rupturing around one minute into the launch.)
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