SpaceX Says No Personnel Injured, No Damage To Surrounding
While awaiting the
arrival of shuttle Discovery back at Florida's Kennedy Space Center
on Tuesday, some of the assembled media were also drawn to the
sound of sirens in the vicinity of SpaceX's Space Launch Complex 40
Fortunately, representatives with SpaceX say, it sounded
worse than it was.
"At 10:45 AM, a fire began during demolition activities at
SpaceX’s Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40)," the company
writes. "The Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Fire Department
arrived nine minutes later and promptly extinguished the flames.
There were no injuries to personnel or smoke inhalation, and no
damage to surrounding property."
SpaceX says the fire was apparently ignited when demolition
contractors were sectioning an aging structure in preparation for
removal, using steel cutting torches. Some nearby materials
ignited. The work was monitored by a fire watch, and the fire
department was summoned according to standard operating
"This kind of thing is not unheard of during large scale
demolition. That’s why we have procedures in place. Everyone
acted professionally and by the book, and fortunately no one was
hurt," said Norman Bobczynski, SpaceX’s launch site
CEO Elon Musk was informed of the situation, and said SpaceX
will work closely with officials at the Cape to investigate the
event and will make any changes deemed necessary.
First opened in 1965, SLC-40 (shown in the background below)
hosted numerous Titan launches over four decades. The most recent
launch occurred in April of 2005.
As ANN reported, on November
1 SpaceX conducted an official ground breaking ceremony in
preparation for transforming the site into a facility for its
Falcon 9 and future Falcon 9 Heavy missions to launch commercial
satellites, supply missions to the International Space Station
(ISS), and eventually lofting crew carrying missions to the ISS and
other orbiting destinations.