Chinese rocket booster stage crashes back to earth near village

A Long March 3B rocket launched from the Xichang space center at 2318 GMT on Jan. 11. Credit Xinhua

A Chinese Long March 2D rocket launched a new Earth-watching satellite Saturday (Jan. 12), marking the country's third launch in four days. There have been no confirmed reports of injuries or property damage as a result of the incident. The rocket stage that fell near the Chinese village some 700 miles away from the launch site was one of these supplemental boosters.

The booster rocket had delivered twin satellites to space before reentering the Earth's atmosphere and breaking up into several pieces.

The BeiDou-3 navigation satellites were sent into space on the Long March-3B carrier rocket from Xichang Satellite Launch Centre, Sichuan Province, China.

"There are notices released for the drop zones, depending on what kind of launch and where it's going", Andrew Jones, a freelance journalist covering China's spaceflight program, told The Verge.

It moves out of sight behind a building before a huge explosion appears. China's new Wenchang Spacecraft Launch Site is positioned on the island of Hainan in the South China Sea, where rockets can fly out over the water.

Video of the incident was caught and shared to social media. However, the launch complex is created to launch the newer Long March 5 and 7 rockets, and a Long March 5 recently suffered a complete failure after launching from the site.

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