ICBM destroyed after CA test launch has 'anomaly'

By the Associated Press | July 27, 2011 | 8:59 AM EDT

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AP) — The military says an unarmed intercontinental ballistic missile has been destroyed minutes after it blasted out of an underground silo on the California coast on a test flight.

The Minuteman 3 missile was launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base at 3:01 a.m. Wednesday and it was destroyed five minutes later because of safety concerns.

Air Force Col. Matthew Carroll says in a news release that Western Range controllers detected what is being called "a flight anomaly."

There are no details on what went wrong.

The military says the missile was nearing its target in the Pacific Ocean's Kwajalein Atoll area when it was destroyed.

The military regularly tests unarmed ICBMs to test the weapon system's reliability.