A SpaceX rocket has exploded on the launch pad at Cape Canaveral during a test-fire ahead of its weekend launch.
The aerospace company says no one was hurt and blamed the explosion on “an anomaly.”
The blast shook several buildings in the area however and left a huge cloud of smoke.
The rocket’s payload, which was to be launched on Saturday, was also destroyed.
SpaceX is looking to create a new era of reusable rockets and affordable space travel so this setback could be crucial and delay further projects dreamt up by boss Elon Musk, including an unmanned mission to Mars.