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Thursday, October 25, 2018, 16:01
S. Korea's PAC-2 interceptor explodes during training
By Xinhua
Thursday, October 25, 2018, 16:01 By Xinhua

This picture taken on Sept 25, 2017 shows a South Korean soldier standing by a Cheongung medium range surface-to-air missile system during a media day presentation of a commemoration event marking South Korea's Armed Forces Day, which will fall on Oct 1, at the Second Fleet Command of Navy in Pyeongtaek. (JUNG YEON-JE / AFP)

SEOUL — A Patriot surface-to-air interceptor exploded Thursday over a South Korean firing range during an air defense training, with no casualty reported, Yonhap news agency said citing the country's air force. 

During the annual air defense guided missile training, the PAC-2 interceptor blew up at about 10:47 am local time over the seaside Daecheon range in South Chungcheong province.

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The interceptor ascended about four seconds, before exploding in the air over the sea. It reportedly flew abnormally after blasting off. 

No casualty has been reported. An investigation is underway over the exact cause of the incident.

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