A massive explosion rocked a SpaceX launch pad on Thursday at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The explosion happened while the aerospace company was running a routine rocket test.
According to NASA, SpaceX was preparing an unmanned rocket for launch before the blast occurred shortly after 9am, Thursday morning. NASA added that the test was in advance of a launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station scheduled to happen this weekend. The launch site is also located next to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center.
According to reports, the rocket was supposed to launch the Amos-6 communication satellite. This is one of Facebook’s attempts to connect the world.
Speaking for NASA, Al Feinberg said emergency personnel are monitoring the situation and standing by to render assistance. Moreover, the air quality was constantly monitored for any potential threats to employees.
So far, the cause of the blast is not clear and it is not known if anyone was hurt as a result of the blast. “Per standard procedure, the pad was clear and there were no injuries,” SpaceX said in a statement.
However, reports confirm that there were no personal injuries in the blast. Nevertheless, the rocket and payload were completely destroyed, shredding millions of dollar to thin air.
Live pictures from the scene show a huge plume of black smoke rising above the Cape Canaveral complex.
The massive blast shook buildings, cars and structures several miles away. People in buildings far from the facility confirmed on social media that they felt the blast. They backed the claim up with images showing flames and a plume of thick smoke coming from the launch site. However, they could not provide further details concerning the blast.
Emergency officials confirmed that the blast poses no threat to the public.