[Editor's note: After this story was posted, NWPR announcer Zachary Michael provided us an audio story on the explosion. You can hear it below.]
Four students were injured at the University of Idaho last night, when an experimental rocket exploded. All four students were taken to Gritman Medical Center in Moscow. One was reported to be in critical condition, according to a university official. The rest are stable.
The students, part of the Northwest Organization of Rocket Engineers, said they were testing a new fuel design. While it was reported to be slow-burning, the fuel exploded as soon as it was ignited. The rocket blew up in a parking lot near the university’s steam plant.
The FBI responded to the scene, which is standard procedure after an explosion. There is no current danger.
The injured students were not identified.
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