Rocket motors worth Rs. 1.5 crore were reportedly destroyed by fire at the solid propellant plant at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC SHAR) in Sriharikota, here on Thursday.

Central Industrial Security Force personnel detected smoke billowing from a store room at the plant, which manufactures solid propellant rocket motors that the Indian Space Research Organisation uses in launch vehicles.

Sources said a short circuit caused the fire, which did not spread to other rooms in the facility. The destroyed equipment belonged to the Hyderabad-based Premier Explosives Ltd.