University of Idaho blast critically injures 1

University of Idaho blast critically injures 1

University of Idaho blast critically injures 1

Four people were injured at the University of Idaho campus on Thursday night after an explosion stemming from an experimental rocket test gone awry, school officials and local authorities said.

The University of Idaho has confirmed there was an explosion near the steam plant on campus, injuring four people. All four victims were alert and communicating with UI personnel early Friday morning.

The university is cooperating with local law enforcement and its investigation, Ewart said, adding the UI will be conducting a thorough review of the incident as well.

Officials said there was no danger on campus after the incident.

The device was a galvanized metal pipe, between 8 and 12 inches long and about 1 1/2 inches in diameter that had been filled with rocket fuel. However, a student tells KHQ that those injured by the launch are part of NORE, the Northwest Organization of Rocket Engineers.

The students' names have not been released at their request, but Ewart said three of them are engineering students.

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"There is no reason to believe this is anything other than an accident at this point", Walker said.

"The intention of the experiment was not to launch a projectile up into the air". "But as soon as it was lit, it blew up".

Thurman says the man wore face protection but the other co-president standing nearby wore only eye protection. According to the university's website, the organization is made up of faculty and students who design, build and test rockets.

The FBI responded to the scene, which is standard procedure after an explosion. University officials confirmed the students were all out of surgery and in recovery as of Friday morning.

They spoke about a rocket fuel explosion that injured multiple University of Idaho students Thursday evening. The press conference was held to provide more information about a rocket fuel explosion that injured multiple University of Idaho students Thursday evening.

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