Faulty Missile Intentionally Detonated At SoCal Naval Base

POINT MUGU, Calif. (AP) - A faulty missile has been intentionally detonated at a Southern California naval base.

John Fimea, manager of the test range at Naval Base Ventura County Point Mugu, says a Norwegian missile was destroyed around 5 p.m. Saturday afternoon. The blast sent a plume of smoke hundreds of feet into the air, creating a blast felt more than 15 miles away.

The missile had malfunctioned after failing to take off during a test Friday. A 6,000-foot radius had been set up around the missile and about 200 people were evacuated from the base before the detonation.

Base Operations Officer Charles Huff says this is the first time a missile malfunctioned on the base and had to be destroyed.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

AP-NY-04-27-08 1239EDT

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