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They're Having A Blast At Livermore An external panel will search for causes in three recent "highly unusual" accidents at Lawrence Livermore National Lab's high-explosive test facilities. The panel's main task will be to discover whether the three incidents, which occurred within a six-week period, "were just bad luck, or whether a pattern emerges," says a lab spokesman. "One of our very best records is in high-explosive safety," he adds. Two accidental detonations occurred at Site 300, a high

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They're Having A Blast At Livermore
An external panel will search for causes in three recent "highly unusual" accidents at Lawrence Livermore National Lab's high-explosive test facilities. The panel's main task will be to discover whether the three incidents, which occurred within a six-week period, "were just bad luck, or whether a pattern emerges," says a lab spokesman. "One of our very best records is in high-explosive safety," he adds. Two accidental detonations occurred at Site 300, a high explosives test site about 15 miles from the lab, and the third at the one-year-old High Explosives Applications Facility, during an experiment to synthesize a small amount of an explosive. No one was injured in any of the incidents.


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