Four injured in explosion on University of Idaho campus

Moscow Police Chief James Fry right and University of Idaho Vice President For Infrastructure Dan Ewart give a news conference on campus on Friday

A explosion at the University of Idaho injured several people on Thursday night after the testing of an "experimental rocket" went wrong, the University said.

Fry said the scene of the explosion - the steam plant parking lot - is clear and open to the public.

Hospital officials say four people injured in an explosion at the University of Idaho were in good condition on Friday morning. University officials said there is no criminal investigation into the incident at this point.

The University of Idaho is the USA state of Idaho's oldest public university, located in the city of Moscow in Latah County in the northern portion of the state. Ewart said the campus has been deemed safe and classes will proceed as usual.

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The device used for the experiment was a galvanized metal pipe, 8 to 12 inches long and about 1.5 inches in diameter.

The club members did not intend to launch the experimental rocket, Ewart said.

The injured students were not identified.

"We were testing a new fuel design for the rocket engine and we didn't have reason to believe it would blow up or anything because it was a slow-burning fuel", Thurman said.

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Ewart did not know how many people were in the vicinity of the explosion.

Thurman said the man who lit the fuel, a co-leader of the group, was wearing a face shield, and club members watching wore only eye protection, the Daily News reported. The explosion occurred in the parking lot next to the steam plant.

The club is made up of students and faculty who design and test rockets. It's also unclear what caused the explosion.

The scene of an explosion at the University of Idaho, where four students were injured after a rocket test failed. Both the ATF and the FBI are participating in the investigation. University officials confirmed the students were all out of surgery and in recovery as of Friday morning.

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A press conference was held at 11:30 p.m. on Thursday at the university's campus.

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