Rocket Fuel Ignites And Explodes At University Of Idaho

Apr 14, 2017

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When a rocket engineering club at the University of Idaho tested an experimental rocket fuel, the accelerant exploded sending 4 students to the hospital.

The students are out of surgery and recovering; initial reports following the explosion said three of the students were in stable condition and one was in critical condition.

The blast happened Thursday night in a parking lot at the Moscow campus. The injured students were part of a chapter of the Northwest Organization of Rocket Engineers. The Statesman reports last night’s incident stems exclusively from the fuel test. The students weren’t trying to launch a rocket or projectile at the time of the explosion.

A faculty adviser was on-hand when the students conducted the experiment and all those involved were wearing some kind of protective gear. Moscow Police are investigating, and the FBI is working with them in accordance with procedure. No criminal investigation is underway.

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