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HeilSvenska 09-02-2008 11:25 AM

Exploding rocket = raining hell


January 17, 1997

An unmanned Delta II rocket carrying a $40 million U.S. Air Force navigational satellite blew up 13 seconds after liftoff Friday morning, Air Force officials said. No injuries were reported.

When the $55 million Delta rocket exploded, an Air Force officer announced over a loudspeaker: "Take cover immediately from falling debris. I'll say again: Take cover immediately from falling debris."

Residents said the blast could be felt as far away as 25 miles. There were reports that store windows 10 miles away were broken by the explosion.

The Air Force said parts of the rocket fell into a cleared safety area in the Atlantic Ocean; other fragments fell onto Air Force property, causing a small brush fire.

The first GPS satellite was launched in 1978. This was the first time a Delta rocket has blown up in more than a decade. The rocket is made by McDonnell Douglas Corp.

79TA 09-02-2008 11:27 AM

:eek: that's insane. I guess that's one of the worst places it could explode.

silentm 09-02-2008 04:22 PM

wow that went kaboom alright haha

good thing no one was injured :)

zenvar 09-02-2008 04:32 PM

Ok, please tell me this was launched on the 4th of July? ;)

Spiffu 09-02-2008 05:38 PM

Biggest boom ever (by man)

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