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Russian rocket spills toxic fuel

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An unmanned Russian carrier rocket exploded Tuesday on takeoff at the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, releasing tonnes of highly toxic fuel into the air in the space programme's latest disaster caught on live television. 

A man in Moscow watches footage showing the exploding Proton-M rocket, which veered off its trajectory and explodedon takeoff at the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on July 2, 2013. The unmanned Russian carrier rocket exploded on takeoff on Tuesday, releasing 600 tonnes of highly toxic fuel into the air in images broadcast live on television.

Spectacular footage showed the Proton-M rocket veering off its trajectory just seconds after its 6:38 am (0238 GMT) launch, before falling apart in mid-air, erupting into a ball of flames and unleashing clouds of noxious black smoke.

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