Excited viewers got more than they bargained for on Saturday after a shuttle launch at Cape Canaveral in Florida caused damage that resulted in asbestos debris and bricks being blasted across the site. The launch caused damage to a 20-foot-by-75-foot section of the flame trench.

During the time of the Apollo the asbestos was used as a filler between bricks, and the damage resulted in both bricks and the asbestos filler being catapulted over a perimeter fence that was around eighteen hundred feet away.

There are now workers wearing protective suits trying to clean up the asbestos and debris from launch pad 39A following the launch. It is thought that the clean up will be completed by next week. The cause of the problem is under investigation.

Investigators are now trying to determine whether the concrete was weakened or whether the up and coming October rocket launch could cause further damage of a similar nature.

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