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Simulated missile hurts aide on Hanks film set 

Fire officials canceled Friday’s shoot for a new Tom Hanks movie after a special-effects assistant was critically injured when a simulated stinger missile exploded.Stars of “Charlie Wilson’s War,” including Hanks and Julia Roberts, were not on set at the time of Thursday’s accident, Fire Capt. Darren Moon said.The hand-held device exploded as a group of special-effects specialists tested
/ Source: The Associated Press

Fire officials canceled Friday’s shoot for a new Tom Hanks movie after a special-effects assistant was critically injured when a simulated stinger missile exploded.

Stars of “Charlie Wilson’s War,” including Hanks and Julia Roberts, were not on set at the time of Thursday’s accident, Fire Capt. Darren Moon said.

The hand-held device exploded as a group of special-effects specialists tested it at Downey Studios, a former aerospace factory 10 miles southeast of downtown Los Angeles, Moon said.

The assistant, whose name was not released, remained in critical condition after surgery, Moon said.

The cause of the explosion was under investigation. The device had been scheduled to be launched from a helicopter during filming Friday, Moon said.

The film is based on a nonfiction book about former Rep. Charlie Wilson’s covert dealings to fund the CIA’s secret war against the former Soviet Union in Afghanistan during the 1980s.