A SpaceX test rocket that launched over McGregor, Texas experienced an "anomaly" while propelling into the atmosphere, causing an explosion mid-flight on Friday afternoon.
The rocket, a three-engine version of the F9R test model, automatically detonated when a problem was detected within, setting off the rocket's automatic detonation system. The rocket, according to NBC News, is a prototype intended to "pave the way for fully reusable rockets that would fly themselves back home."
A statement released by SpaceX confirmed that there were no injuries.
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