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U.S. launches controversial rocket toward Nfld.
Date: Friday, April 29 2005
Topic: Eye on Uncle Sam

If this doesn't irritate your patriotic enzymes, nothing will! Was it the oil rigs or the people at risk, that concerned the officials??

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Friday, Apr 29, 2005

U.S. launches controversial rocket toward Nfld.

The Titan IV rocket launched from Cape Canaveral on Friday on a northeast path along the Atlantic coast. (Courtesy of U.S. Air Force)
(CBC) A U.S. rocket blasted off from a Florida air force station Friday night, after repeated delays amid fears it might drop debris on oil platforms off Newfoundland's shore.

The Titan IV rocket launched from Cape Canaveral shortly before 9 p.m. EST and successfully cast off a military satellite several minutes later, observers said.

The mission caused a diplomatic scramble earlier in April, when officials revealed that a 10- tonne solid rocket booster and other materials would land near oil platforms on the Grand Banks, about 350 kilometres east of St. John's.

Newfoundland and Labrador's premier, Danny Williams, said three of the platforms - including Hibernia - would be evacuated. He called on the Americans to cancel the mission.

The U.S. Air Force Space Command postponed it repeatedly, blaming technical problems.

At the same time, it assured Canadians that the chance of anyone being hurt was 1 in a trillion.

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