Disgruntled engineer Jay Detterich rigs his car with stolen explosives hooked to a "dead man's switch" and goes on a suicide mission to destroy the chemical plant that terminated his employment. The plant is in a populous area and the Highway Patrol is instructed to treat the situation as a "Civil Defense Red Alert". Dan Mathews, a motorcycle officer, and a demolitions expert must risk their own lives to prevent massive destruction and loss of life.Written by
As an indication of his subsequent, and widely acknowledged, attention to detail; writer Gene Roddenberry, as Robert Wesley, references the 1947 Texas City port explosion, which destroyed much of that Galveston county town. See more »
After wresting away the dead-man's switch from the would-be bomber, who is then knocked down and handcuffed by one of Mathews's officers, Mathews asks the demolition expert who's just dismantled the shotgun-triggering device, to light his cigarette, and comments on the strong wind blowing through the canyon. The Demolition Expert complies, flicking open his lighter in that wind - eighteen inches from all that enhanced dynamite!
Every criminal is dangerous, but most dangerous of all is the criminal whose only motive is hate. The one who will sacrifice his own life to take another. His unorthodox planning creates the most deadly type of crime. Such a man was Jay Detterick.
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