Watch as massive fireball engulfs SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket (VIDEOS)

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SpaceX was fueling its Falcon 9 rocket booster ahead of its planned launch in two days when catastrophe struck: A flash, a boom and a massive fireball. The spectacular explosion on the launch pad in Florida was quickly followed by secondary blasts.

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The  billowing black smoke could be seen for miles.

Radar tracked the explosion and subsequent plume of smoke.

SpaceX’s next launch was supposed to be on Saturday, September 3, with a Falcon 9 rocket carrying the Israeli communications satellite Amos-6 into geostationary transfer orbit (GTO).

#spacex #falcon9 explodes on launchpad.

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The satellite would have provided broadband internet coverage to sub-Saharan Africa, as part of an initiative spearheaded by Facebook.