Divine Strake Cancelled

The government announces today it's canceling Divine Strake -- a controversial non-nuclear explosion in the Nevada desert northwest of Las Vegas.

The Defense Threat Reduction Agency director says he's convinced
it's time to look at alternative methods to that type of large-scale test.

Divine Strake was planned as a 700-ton test of the nation's ability to defeat underground facilities that produce and store weapons of mass destruction.

However, it prompted a lawsuit and widespread opposition in Utah and Nevada, where critics feared it would kick up radioactive material from decades-old experiments.

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