Video Of A Chinese Rocket Booster Crashing Near A Small Town

January 16, 2018


This is a video of a booster from a Chinese Long March 3B rocket crashing back down to earth near the small town of Xiangdu, some 435 miles from the rocket's launch. I don't think that was supposed to happen. But what do I know? I'm just a man who occasionally launches bottle rockets over the wall of his cubicle to liven up the office.

While there were no known casualties or property damage, this doesn't mean it was safe. For one thing, China normally plans booster drop zones carefully and alerts (or in some cases, evacuates) areas to make sure no one gets hurt. This didn't entirely go according to plan. Moreover, the highly toxic rocket fuel and secondary explosions posed risks to curious onlookers.

Yeah, I can't imagine the people standing around in the second part of the video breathing those burning rocket fumes (i.e. hydrazine) was a good idea. If I were there I would have just quickly verified it wasn't a UFO crash then gotten the hell out of there. "And if it was a UFO crash?" I would have dragged one of the aliens back to my apartment and beaten the secrets of space out of it. "But what if it was a friendly alien?" That's cute -- you're cute. There are absolutely zero aliens with good intentions coming to visit this planet.

Keep going for the video.

Thanks to Mark V, who agrees when the sky is falling, run. Or beg the mole people to let you crash in their tunnels for a few days.

  • Jenness

    I just don't get why people run to explosions when the smart thing to do is run far, far away from them.

  • Darren McCoy

    Haha... The vertical sideways video.

  • GeneralDisorder

    Definitely not enough "Aloha Snackbar" for my taste in videos of exploding shit falling out of the sky.

  • unidude

    Good to know the Chinese are just as terrible at recording cell phone video as Americans.

  • Meh

    Who are you kidding GW, we all know you wouldn't be beating the aliens for secrets.

  • Geekologie

    yes huh

  • Tom327Cat

    So, do ya think anyone got a text message about this?

  • Jenness


  • TheQiwiMan

    I don't buy it. Someone just died in one of the most badass ways imaginable.

  • TheQiwiMan

    You always have the best gifs.

  • Munihausen

    The people's booster.

  • Tom

    Waste not, want not. I recall reading about a guy who lived downrange of the Russian cosmodrome who made boat hulls out of the tanks of spent R-7 boosters. Fortunately, those only use kerosene and oxygen. Considering each rocket has four boosters, and they've been in continuous production since 1957, it might well be a remarkably stable business.

  • Munihausen

    Agreed. I am reminded of the scene in Lord of War (great movie) where the African locals "reclaim" the gun-running airplane piece-by-piece.

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