Composites Faulted in Explosion, Appealing Citations

A report by California safety officials indicates that Scaled Composites workers were watching a rocket propellant system test through a chain-link fence when an explosion occurred and killed three of them, according to an AP account.

The report comes a month after California fined the company $28,000 for alleged safety violations at the company’s Mojave facility. The AP reports that Scaled Composites is appealing the citations and the fine.

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