A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket exploded on Thursday morning during a routine test at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The rocket was scheduled to carry an Amos 6 satellite into orbit on Saturday. There have been no reported injuries, but the satellite was destroyed.
Statement on this morning's anomaly pic.twitter.com/3Xm2bRMS7T
— SpaceX (@SpaceX) September 1, 2016
Photo of the explosion at the SpaceX launch site at Cape Canaveral this morning. pic.twitter.com/RWUKLGq6v4
— Mike Gruss (@Gruss_SN) September 1, 2016
It’s unclear exactly what caused the explosion. The Associated Press describes a harrowing scene as buildings shook several miles away from the site and the sky filled with black smoke. Thankfully, there should be no real danger caused by the explosion.
“There are no known casualties,”a representative from the U.S. Air Force Unit in charge of the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station confirmed to The Verge. “There’s no threat to public safety and our emergency management teams are on site responding.”
The explosion comes after a series of successful launches for SpaceX. The company recently shipped a package to the International Space Station and completed its second safe Falcon 9 ground landing this summer.
Update: Watch a video of the explosion below courtesy of USLaunchReport.