CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — An explosion rocked the SpaceX launch site in Cape Canaveral, Florida, Thursday morning.
NASA says SpaceX was conducting a test firing of its unmanned rocket when the blast occurred. The test, considered routine, was in advance of a planned Saturday launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.
SpaceX has since issued a statement, saying, “SpaceX can confirm that in preparation for today’s static fire, there was an anomaly on the pad resulting in the loss of the vehicle and its payload. Per standard procedure, the pad was clear and there were no injuries.”
Buildings several miles away shook from the blast, and multiple explosions continued for several minutes. A cloud of dark smoke filled the overcast sky.
The rocket was supposed to hoist an Israeli satellite this weekend.
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