AP — SEOUL, South Korea During a live-fire drill with the US early on Wednesday, a South Korean ballistic missile malfunctioned
and crashed into the ground, alarming the already uneasy residents of a coastal city over rival North Korea's increasingly provocative weapons tests.
Many people in Gangneung thought it might be a North Korean attack because of the sound of the explosion and the ensuing fire,
and their worry only increased as hours passed with no explanation from the military or government officials.
No injuries have been reported, The accident involved a short-range Hyumoo-2 ballistic missile that crashed inside an air force base outside of the city.
A missile that is a key component of South Korea's preemptive and retaliatory strike strategies against the North experienced a "abnormal flight," according to the military