This week on October 28th, 2014, an Antares rocket of the Orbital Sciences Corporation exploded on take-off at the NASA Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. The rocket malfunctioned and was purposely destroyed. This photo shows the burn marks on the launch pad and the adjacent water tower.
We reported on the Wallops Island water tower earlier. We are happy to report that the 287 foot tower constructed in 2011 was only slightly damaged and survived the nearby conflagration.