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SpaceX Rocket Explodes Midair At Texas Testing Facility

Updated: Friday, August 22 2014, 09:25 PM CDT

A rocket at SpaceX's McGregor facility exploded in midair during a flight test early Friday evening.

The explosion sparked a fire, and firefighters had to be called in to help out.

The company was testing the ability of the rocket to take off, maneuver and land vertically using rocket power.

SpaceX says the explosion happened because of a malfunction.

(Video from Amber Johnson.)

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SpaceX Rocket Explodes Midair At Texas Testing Facility


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