A spacecraft engineer who was having “a last minute dart” is being blamed for a fiery explosion that destroyed a SpaceX rocket at Cape Canaveral.

The rocket had a Facebook satellite on board, reportedly worth hundreds of millions of dollars.

No one was injured in the explosion, which has been described as an “anomaly” in a statement by SpaceX, the company responsible for launching the rocket near the Kennedy Space Centre in Florida.

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Although authorities won’t admit it, several sources tell Broken News that an engineer smoking a cheeky cigarette on the launchpad is to blamed for the accident, with a damage bill running into the hundreds of millions.

“Sergio, he loves smoking his Camels,” a co-worker told Broken News.  “He just got a little close this time.”