Coast Guard Monitoring Rocket Debris

Jun 29, 2015

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon spacecraft breaks apart shortly after liftoff Sunday at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.
Credit JOHN RAOUX / AP

The Coast Guard is monitoring the debris field of a rocket that exploded during take-off on Sunday.

The debris from is floating north more than 150 miles off the coast of Florida, and it is not expected to impact beaches over July Fourth weekend.

St Johns County spokeswoman Sarah Hand says while it’s not likely debris will land along the first coast, beach-goers should keep their eyes open.  

“It’s best to stay away from any debris or any perceived debris and immediately call SpaceX or the Coast Guard,” she said.

Hand also says  the debris is not likely hazardous.

The cause of the explosion of the SpaceX rocket Falcon 9 is still unknown. According to the Coast Guard, any debris that does wash ashore is considered as evidence.

The SpaceX debris recovery hotline is 1-866-392-0035.