SpaceX Rocket Explodes During Test Firing At Cape Canaveral

SpaceX Rocket Explodes During Test Firing At Cape Canaveral
A SpaceX booster rocket exploded on the launch pad at Cape Canaveral, Florida on Thursday morning.

The explosion shook nearby buildings and spewed smoke into the sky just 2 days before its planned liftoff with an Israeli satellite.
NASA said SpaceX was conducting a test firing of its unmanned rocket when the blast occurred.

The Falcon 9 rocket was scheduled to launch the Israeli satellite which would have provided broadband internet coverage to sub-Saharan Africa, as part of an initiative spearheaded by Facebook.
CNBC reports:
Brevard County Emergency Management Director Kimberly Prosser told Florida Today the explosion happened around 9:15 a.m.
“There are no hazards to the general public,” she said. “We’re monitoring the situation, but there have been no requests for assistance.”
The county Emergency Management Office tweeted:
There is NO threat to general public from catastrophic abort during static test fire at SpaceX launch pad at CCAFS this morning.
Elon Musk’s SpaceX planned to launch its ninth rocket into space Saturday morning, carrying a communications satellite belonging to Israel-based Spacecom into orbit over the equator. The explosion happened during what was supposed to have been a routine test firing.

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