Space rocket booster drops from sky & explodes near Chinese town

Space rocket booster drops from sky & explodes near Chinese town

Footage shows the booster from a Long March 3B rocket dropping from the sky and smashing into the Earth in Debao County, in Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region in the south of China.

The Long March 3B rocket lifted off from the Xichang Satellite Launch Centre in Sichuan Province just after 7 am local time, carrying a payload of two communications satellites. Soon, local residents were posting pictures and videos of them standing alongside the flaming wreckage.

The booster rocket had delivered twin satellites to space before reentering the Earth's atmosphere and breaking up into several pieces.

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Though the rocket booster doesn't appear to have hurt anyone or damaged any buildings on impact, it could still contain hydrazine rocket fuel, which is toxic if touched or inhaled.

"Though drop zones for Long March rocket stages are carefully calculated and launch notices and procedures put in places, events like the above are, especially with China's space activities expanding greatly in recent years". Hundreds of villagers could have died in that incident, though Chinese media only reported six casualties and 57 injuries, and possibly making it the worst launch disaster in history.

As, China seems perfectly fine launching their rockets from inland launchpads, unlike the US, meaning the rockets fly over and shed parts over land, leading to incidents like that on Friday.

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