Explosion at U of I steam plant sends 4 to hospital


Moscow, ID – An explosion on the University of Idaho campus sent four students to the hospital.

It happened just before 10:00 p.m. Thursday.

Eyewitnesses reported a loud boom that could be felt nearby.

Moscow police and fire responded to the U of I Steam Plant.

Conditions of the students are not known at this time.

More details will be released as they become available.

UPDATE 10:22 A.M. –

Four University of Idaho students have been graded to good condition Friday morning following an explosion, said hospital officials with Gritman medical Center in Moscow.

Just before 10:00 p.m. Thursday, Moscow police and fire responded to the U of I Steam Plant after a device used to test fuel for an experimental rocket exploded.

UI Vice President Daniel Ewart said all four had to undergo surgery.

The students did not intend to launch the rocket, instead they were using a device made up of galvanized pipe measuring about a foot in length and an inch and a half in diameter.

The FBI has joined in the investigation but Moscow Police Chief James Fry said this is not a criminal investigation.

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