At least four students were injured after an experimental rocket exploded at the University of Idaho, school officials said early Friday.
The explosion took place in a parking lot on campus next to a steam plant, the University of Idaho said. Emergency personnel arrived at the scene and took the injured students to Gritman Medical Center, the university confirmed on Twitter.
The University of Idaho also confirmed that the parents of the victims had been notified, saying that all victims were “alert” and “communicating” with school personnel. Their identities and injures are not known at this time.
The explosion was the result of the Northwest Organization of Rocket Engineers club testing rocket fuel it had created, according to member Grant Thurman. The University of Idaho has said the incident was not a bomb threat. The FBI did arrive on the scene, which Moscow police said is standard operating procedure.
Here's the latest update on Thursday's explosion. All four victims were alert and communicating with UI personnel early Friday morning. pic.twitter.com/AiTo259uvV
— University of Idaho (@uidaho) April 14, 2017
University of Idaho
The University of Idaho is the U.S. state of Idaho’s oldest public university, located in the city of Moscow in Latah County in the northern portion of the state. It is the state’s land-grant and primary research university. It has a total enrollment of 11,780.