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Explosions At SpaceX Facility In Texas

posted 27 Nov 2013, 06:08 by Mpelembe   [ updated 27 Nov 2013, 06:09 ]

Two nitrogen cooling tanks explode at the SpaceX facility in Texas, the Mclennan County sheriff's office says.

MCGREGOR, TEXAS, UNITED STATES (NOVEMBER 26, 2013) (NBC) -  The ground shook in Texas late on Tuesday (November 26) as two pressurised nitrogen cooling tanks exploded at the SpaceX (Space Exploration Technologies) facility, the Mclennan County sheriff's office said.

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Local media said residents feared it was an earthquake.

No injuries were reported in the blast.

The explosion happened just a day after an unmanned Falcon 9 rocket, developed by SpaceX, was due to be launched.

The rocket was due to lift off at 5:37 p.m. EST/2237 GMT from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station inFlorida on Monday but was delayed by a technical glitch.

The launch of the rocket, which will carry a $100 million communications satellite owned byLuxembourg-based SES SA, was rescheduled for no earlier than Thursday, Falcon 9 product manager John Insprucker said in a launch webcast.