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Indian space rocket explodes soon after launch

By the CNN Wire Staff
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India rocket explodes after launch
  • An unmanned rocket carrying communications equipment exploded, media reports
  • The rocket's launch had been delayed due to an engine leak, according to CNN's sister network
  • There was no immediately indication as to what caused the launch's failure
  • India

(CNN) -- A space rocket carrying communications equipment exploded soon after takeoff Saturday evening in India, a news agency reported.

The unmanned rocket strayed from its flight path and broke into pieces, according to the Press Trust of India.

Video of the incident showed huge plumes of white and copper-colored smoke streaming across the sky.

CNN's sister network, CNN-IBN, reported that the rocket lifted off from the Satish Dhawan Space Center in Sriharikota. Its launch was originally scheduled for December 20, but had been postponed because of an engine leak, CNN-IBN said.

It was not immediately clear what caused the failure, which the Press Trust called a setback to India's space program.