SpaceX Rocket Explodes During Testing in Florida
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On Thursday, the SpaceX Falcon 9 reusable rocket exploded on a launch pad at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Base in Florida.
According to CNN.com, SpaceX announced that there were no injuries from the explosion and described the incident as an "anomaly." The explosion took place at the Space Launch Complex 40, an Air Force facility that SpaceX leases.
There was no scheduled launch on Thursday, but the Associated Press is reporting that SpaceX was conducting static firing tests in preparation for a launch scheduled for Saturday in which it was to take an Israeli satellite into space.
Reports claim the explosion—some news outlets are saying there were several explosions—could be felt several miles away. SpaceX released an official statement about the incident on Twitter:
Statement on this morning's anomaly pic.twitter.com/3Xm2bRMS7T— SpaceX (@SpaceX) September 1, 2016
SpaceX uses the facility to launch rockets that carry satellites into space and brings supplies to the International Space Station. Since 2010, the company has launched 25 rockets into space, but has lost several rockets to explosions and failed landings.
On Twitter, news organizations and witnesses in the area shared images and stories about Thursday’s explosion:
Wow, SpaceX rocket just blew up on pad. Shook our whole bldg. pic.twitter.com/PMxZA4v4IV— SpaceCoastTiger (@TigernBear) September 1, 2016
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