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Russian rocket catches fire, crashes in massive ball of flames (VIDEO)

Published July 2, 2013 10:44 am

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Watch as a Russian booster rocket is launched, catches fire and comes crashing down in a spectacular cloud of smoke and flames.

Russian rocket catches fire, crashes in massive ball of flames (VIDEO)

Russians watched live Tuesday as a news channel broadcast the launch of a booster rocket that came crashing down in Kazakhstan. The Proton-M booster was carrying three satellites when its engine unexpectedly shut down, sending the rocket spiraling toward the ground just more than a mile away from the launch pad. No one was injured, but the burning rocket fuel did create a toxic cloud over the launch pad. Similar crashes happened last year, reports the Associated Press.

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