Radar shows SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket exploding

Radar shows SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket exploding
Doppler 9 picks up SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket exploding. (WFTV)

ORLANDO, Fla. — Minutes after takeoff of the SpaceX In-Flight Abort test launch from SLC 39A Cape Canaveral, smoke, fuel, debris could be seen on Doppler 9HD as the Falcon 9 rocket exploded mid-takeoff.

After the Crew Dragon separated and escaped, the rocket broke apart and ignited into flames as planned.

Read: Mission complete: SpaceX In-Flight Abort Test successful

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Channel 9′s radar beams picked up all those bits of debris as they radiated outward and drifted through the sky.

Larger, heavier debris fell back to the ocean, and the Brevard County Emergency Management Office sent a tweet today asking beachgoers to be aware of/avoid debris that washes ashore.

Anyone who sees rocket debris on the beach should call 866-623-0234.