SpaceX Rocket EXPLODES On Launchpad At Kennedy Space Center — Get The Scary Deets!

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UPDATE 4:54 P.M. EST: NBC News revealed new close-up footage of the moment the rocket went up in flames, sharing a GIF of the striking explosion on Twitter:

Click the link (above) to see the full video.


Thank goodness no one was hurt!

A SpaceX rocket exploded on the launchpad at the Kennedy Space Center on Thursday morning!

The incident occurred at about 9 a.m. at Space Launch Complex 40 at the test site located in Cape Canaveral, Florida.

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The SpaceX Falcon 9 was preparing for its ninth launch to carry a Spacecom communications satellite into orbit over the equator — the launch, scheduled for Saturday, was under contract from NASA.

According to witnesses, the explosion “shook” the entire building, and everyone at the Kennedy Space Center is “terrified,” with sources sharing on Twitter:

Hours after the incident, SpaceX released a statement about the “anomaly,” tweeting:


NASA spokesperson Al Feinberg said that emergency personnel were monitoring the air quality for any potential threats to employees. County emergency personnel confirmed there is “no threat” to the general public, posting:

Thankfully, no one was injured– but this is still absolutely terrifying!

[Image via NASA.]

Sep 1, 2016 11:59am PDT

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