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SpaceX rocket explodes on the launch pad

01 September 2016

The Kennedy Space Centre can be seen through a cloud of smoke as the SpaceX rocket exploded after readying for an unmanned rocket launch.

Images from a Nasa webcam showed clouds of smoke (Credit: NASA)

According to NASA, SpaceX was conducting a test firing of its unmanned rocket when it exploded shorty after 9am. The test was to prepare for the planned launch on Saturday from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. 

Locals have reported that buildings shook for several miles after the blast, followed by multiple blasts for several minutes. 

There is no immediate word on any injuries or damage and the SpaceX spokesman has refused to comment until further details are known. 

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