The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket exploding
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SpaceX rocket explodes during testing

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket exploded shortly after lift-off on Friday at the company's site in McGregor, Texas.

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket exploded shortly after lift-off on Friday at the company's site in McGregor, Texas.

The unmanned rocket was destroyed when its self-destruct system was triggered after an unexplained malfunction.

SpaceX released a statement saying, "there were no injuries or near injuries. An FAA representative was present at all times."