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SpaceX rocket debris lands on Washington state homeowner's property

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Debris from a SpaceX rocket that reentered the atmosphere last week was found on a homeowner’s property in Central Washington state, the Grant County Sheriff’s Office said Friday.

The 5-foot-long composite-overwrapped pressure vessel came from the Falcon 9 rocket’s “2nd stage that did not successfully have a deorbit burn,” the National Weather Service said, according to Q13 FOX in Seattle. 

The sheriff’s office said the homeowner had no comment and wanted to be left alone.

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The debris left a four-inch dent in the ground but no other damage has been reported, according to KOMO-TV in Seattle.

SpaceX has since retrieved the pressure vessel, which KOMO reported would have contained pressurized helium.

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The Falcon 9’s first stage landed in Florida as planned, SpaceX said Wednesday, according to Q13. The rocket sent Starlink satellites for internet access into orbit.

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