Spectators Look On in Shock as Antares Rocket Explodes
Spectators react after an unmanned rocket owned by Orbital Sciences Corporation exploded just seconds after lift-off from Wallops Island, Virginia, on October 28, 2014.STEVE ALEXANDER / AFP - Getty Images
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Michelle Murphy, an innkeeper in New Church, where launches are visible across a bay about 16 miles away, saw the explosion. "It was scary. Everything rattled," she said. "There were two explosions. The first one we were ready for. The second one we weren't. It shook the inn, like an earthquake. It was extremely intense."
The owners of the Antares rocket warned residents not to touch any debris they might stumble across from the craft, which was carrying hazardous materials.