Would Cold-War era nuclear-armed US ABM missiles cause a nationwide EMP effect while intercepting enemy missiles? [closed]

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The Politicus
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Interceptor missiles armed with high-yield nuclear warheads had flight ceilings of hundreds of miles (such as the Spartan interceptor: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LIM-49_Spartan)
Given that a single warheads of a few hundred kilotons detonated at ~200 miles in altitude over the United States would have a severe effect on the power grid of the entire country, isn't it likely that the US would actually be severely damaged by its own anti-ballistic missile interceptors causing an EMP effect?

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