There has been an explosion at the SpaceX launch site in Florida, shaking buildings and sending smoke billowing into the sky.Elon Musk’s firm was carrying out a routine test firing of its unmanned rocket at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station when the explosion happened.
SpaceX said no-one was injured in the blast, and blamed an “anomaly” on the launch pad for the explosion.
The force of the explosion shook buildings several miles away, and a thick cloud of smoke was seen rising from the launch site. The air is being monitored by authorities for any sign of toxic fumes.
The test was being carried out in advance of a planned Saturday launch from the site, which is next to NASA’s Kennedy Space Centre. SpaceX is one of two companies shipping supplies to the International Space Station for NASA.