Massive plumes of black smoke were seen streaming across the Air Force base. Elon Musk's aerospace company Space X was putting one of its Falcon 9 rockets through its paces when it blew up, taking out the onboard Facebook-Eutelsat bird. The Falcon 9 was due to launch the Amos-6 into orbit.
Space X says there were no injuries, and called the explosion an "anomaly". The test vehicle and payload, however, were destroyed in the explosion.
Statement on this morning's anomaly pic.twitter.com/3Xm2bRMS7T— SpaceX (@SpaceX) September 1, 2016
So per @SpaceX, the issue was not with the rocket itself, but a pad anomaly. Bad news is that the payload (Amos 6 satellite) was lost.— Eric Berger (@SciGuySpace) September 1, 2016
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