A ballistic missile launch in Seoul failed and crashed into the ground. Now it has caused panic in the South Korean city.
Seoul: South KoreaHeld in Seoul Ballistic missile The launch failed and crashed into the ground. Now it has caused panic in the South Korean city. Officials said on Wednesday that a large fire broke out in the area. North Korea was preparing to launch an intermediate-range ballistic missile (IRBM) over Japan on Tuesday. Security allies Seoul and Washington have conducted several joint exercises, including missile launches.
South Korea’s military fired a Hyunmoo-2 short-range ballistic missile late Tuesday but it malfunctioned and crashed shortly after launch. The missile’s propellant caught fire but its main engine (warhead) did not explode, a South Korean military official told Yonhap news agency. Its video has gone viral on social media. A fireball-like ball was spotted in an area the user said was near an air force base near Gangneung on the country’s east coast.
At first we did not know what was going on because we did not receive any intimation from the military about such training,” said an anonymous person. I thought there was going to be a war but we didn’t know it was military training,” said one user on Twitter. South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said there were no casualties and the cause of the accident was being investigated.