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.
Information provided by Redstone Arsenal