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Most systems and machines people design break from time to time. That also applies to the United States' nuclear weapons.
A chilling, Dr. Strangelovian nightmare plays out at a Titan II missile complex in September, 1980. A deadly accident – a falling socket puncturing the fuel tank of an intercontinental ballistic missile – leads Air Force personnel, weapon designers, and first responders to work feverishly to prevent a calamitous explosion.