Breaking News: An explosion occurred at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
An explosion just occurred at the SpaceX launch site at Cape Canaveral in Florida. SpaceX is preparing there for an upcoming mission. Details on what has happend slowly emerge. Read on below for the latest updates.
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There are video reports showing big black clouds of smoke emerging. Watch the WESH 2 News report from the SpaceX launch site below.
Update: SpaceX announcement on what has happened:
According to NASA the explosion occurred during test firing of the Falcon 9 rocket at about 9am local time says a new CBS Local report.
Reportedly there are no injuries and there is no threat to public safety. The smoke looks scary though. The Brevard County Emergency Management Office issued a statement: "There is NO threat to general public from catastrophic abort during static test fire at SpaceX launch pad at CCAFS this morning."
Apparently there are no dangerous chemicals in the smoke.
SpaceX was scheduled for a Falcon 9 launch at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Saturday September 3 at 3am local time. The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket was supposed to carry a AMOS-6 communications satellite for Spacecom of Israel into orbit. This satellite supports existing services in the Ku- and Ka-band for the Middle East, Europe and sub-Sahara Africa. The satellite payload was likely already onboard the rocket and is lost.
So far hit is hard to estimate the extend the damage the explosion caused.
SpaceX has not commented on the event yet.