Private rocket explodes during test flight

MCGREGOR, Texas (AP) – An unmanned SpaceX rocket self-destructed shortly after launching on a test flight at a Central Texas development site, the company said Friday.

Nobody was injured in the afternoon explosion at the test site in McGregor, Texas, 23 miles southeast of Waco.

The test flight involved a three-engine version of the company’s reusable Falcon 9 rocket, spokesman John Taylor said in a statement.

“During the flight, an anomaly was detected in the vehicle and the flight termination system automatically terminated the mission,” he said.