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Picture of the smoke, from the WHNT News 19 Tower Cam on Monte Sano

Picture of the smoke, from the WHNT News 19 Tower Cam on Monte Sano

REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. – Several of you called WHNT News 19 on Thursday morning to ask about a large plume of smoke coming from Redstone Arsenal.  It was due to a large missile test.

Arsenal officials say a Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense – THAAD – missile round, was tested at a range on the south side of the installation.  The test was held from approximately 7 to 9 a.m.

The test will verify the system’s compliance with the nation’s Insensitive Munitions law, which mandates that munitions be stable enough to withstand mechanical shocks, fire, and impact.  The test produces a lot of smoke largely due to the JP-8 (11,000 gallons) required to create the necessary test environment.

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