Four students injured during the University of Idaho explosion on Thursday night were all out of surgery, communicating with campus personnel and slowly recovering on Friday morning, university officials confirmed.
Pacific Time Thursday in a parking lot east of the university's steam plant on Sixth Street.
Moscow Police Chief James Fry said emergency officials responded at the scene within minutes of the explosion and spoke with the injured individuals there. The parking lot is located outside the steam plant of the northern Idaho university. "The group is sanctioned", said Dan Ewart, the college's Vice President of Infrastructure at the press conference.
The device used for the experiment was a galvanized metal pipe, 8 to 12 inches long and about 1.5 inches in diameter.
Ewart was not able to identify the students, but confirmed that they were all part of the Northwest Organization of Rocket Engineers. Three of those injured were engineering students, while one was not.
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"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.
"The intention of the experiment was not to launch a projectile up into the air".
Ewart did not know how many people were in the vicinity of the explosion. "But as soon as it was lit, it blew up".
Bailey Lind-Trefts and Daniel Furman, co-chairs of the University of Idaho branch of Northwest Organization of Rocket Engineers (NORE), were two of the individuals injured in the explosion. The faculty advisor of the student club was reportedly in attendance for the experiment. He added that the FBI had come in to join the investigation due to their technical expertise regarding explosions. The cause of the explosion was not known Thursday night.
At a press conference Friday morning, U of I officials said the experiment was not meant to launch the rocket.