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Grass Fire Possibly Ignited by SpaceX Starhopper Test

6 months 3 weeks 5 days ago Friday, July 26 2019 Jul 26, 2019 July 26, 2019 11:09 AM July 26, 2019 in News - Local

BROWNSVILLE – Firefighters are on the scene near the SpaceX Boca Chica launch pad working to put out a grass fire.

Fire officials say it was caused by last night’s starhopper test.

It started around 11 p.m. Thursday, soon after the untethered hop.

A SpaceX spokesperson says their team is working with the Brownsville Fire Department to manage the incident, which is under control.

Brownsville Fire Chief Jarrett Sheldon told CHANNEL 5 NEWS the fire scorched about an acre and there was no threat to the surrounding area.

After 6 a.m. Friday, we witnessed the flames burning, but the fire was largely put out by 7:30 a.m. before it reignited.

Watch the video above for more information.

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