Last Thursday, China launched a Long March 4C (CZ-4C) rocket from Taiyuan, which is an inland launch complex. One of the hazards of inland launch complexes is that spent hardward routinely drops over inhabited territories. This isn’t even in a failure mode — this happens by design. And on this occasion, unfortunately there was a house in the way:
And then when the homeowner went to see what had happened, he found this:
Honestly, it’s amazing this sort of thing doesn’t happen more often. I’m glad it doesn’t happen more often, but still.