CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - Officials in Brevard County are warning beachgoers to look out for debris following a SpaceX launch.
On Sunday morning, SpaceX completed a successful abort test launch of their Dragon crew capsule. The launch served as one of the final steps before SpaceX and NASA can send astronauts back into space. They simulated what would happen during a disaster, as the Dragon crew capsule separated from the Falcon 9 rocket and deployed parachutes for a gentle splashdown.
Following the abort test, Brevard County Emergency Management Office tweeted that beachgoers should look out debris. Space Florida advises people don't touch the debris and call officials right away.
"You don’t know what it could be," said Space Florida's Dale Ketcham. "A lot of it is metal, a lot of force was involved in the explosion, and the impact so it could be shredded, sharp edges. There are some toxins involved in the launches. There always are. So best to leave it alone."
Those who see debris should call 866-623-0234.
This story was written in Orlando, Florida.