Explosion rocks Space X launch site at Cape Canaveral; no injuries reported
PUBLISHED Thu, September 01, 2016 - 10:54am EDT
An explosion rocked the launch site for Elon Musk's SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket at Cape Canaveral in Florida on Thursday and black smoke could be seen rising into the air from the facility. No injuries were reported following the blast, officials say. The area had already been cleared ahead of pre-launch test. Video: James Valles reporting (BNO News)
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