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    A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket exploded on the launch pad during a test on Sept. 1, 2016. The explosion is reportedly being investigated as a possible act of sabotage.

    A recent SpaceX rocket launch test that ended in a fiery explosion is the subject of rumors of potential sabotage, CNBC reports.

    The rocket company is investigating the failure of its Falcon 9 rocket in early September, days before it was scheduled to launch. 

    A SpaceX statement sent to CNBC said a "preliminary review of the data and debris suggests a breach in the second stage's helium system" on the Falcon 9, "but the cause of the breach is still unknown."

    According to The Washington Post, SpaceX investigators noticed "an odd shadow and then a white spot" on the roof of a nearby building that belongs to a competitor, part of a "bizarre twist" that suggests SpaceX is considering sabotage a possible cause of the explosion.

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