Facebook’s space rocket explodes

SpaceX’s latest mission—a satellite launch to expand Facebook’s presence in Africa—went up in flames this morning during a routine rocket test at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

The company was test firing its unmanned rocket when it exploded at 9:07 a.m. Eastern time, according to a statement by the 45th Space Wing at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. There were no casualties and no threat to public safety, officials said. But they have set up roadblocks around the station.