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2ND LD: Truck carrying missile fuel catches fire in S. Korean tunnel.

SEOUL, Nov. 1 Kyodo

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A cargo truck carrying missile fuel caught fire in a tunnel near the central South Korean city of Daegu on Tuesday, but no casualties were reported, according to police.

Investigation is under way to find out what caused the fire in the 15-ton truck at around 2:18 p.m., they said.

The accident occurred when one of the four trucks carrying missile materials from an air force base in South Jeolla Province to a military base in Daegu had a flat tire inside the tunnel.

Fire engines and emergency vehicles were dispatched to extinguish the fire.

Yonhap News quoted an Air Force spokesman as saying the civilian Korea Express truck that caught fire was loaded with two Nike Hercules missile boosters containing solid fuel, which immediately burns out after being ignited.

The report said it was heading to a nearby air base together with three 11-ton trucks carrying Nike missile warheads and boosters.
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