4 injured in University of Idaho blast improve

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The University of Idaho students were hospitalized after a test rocket exploded in a parking lot of the school's campus in Moscow shortly before 10 p.m. local time Thursday, according to officials' statement.

The rocket blew up in a parking lot near the university's steam plant. Emergency personnel arrived at the scene and took the injured students to Gritman Medical Center, the university confirmed on Twitter.

Previous Coverage: An explosion was felt on the University of Idaho campus in Moscow Thursday evening.

There will be no interruption of classes Friday on the campus of about 12,000 students, Vice President Daniel Ewart said. Officials said the experiment was not meant to launch the rocket.

The names of those injured in the blast have not been released. "But as soon as it was lit, it blew up".

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Grant Thurman, a University of Idaho student who was at the scene when the rocket exploded, said the group had tested the rocket last week, but made several changes before they tested it again Thursday night.

Thurman says the man wore face protection but the other co-president standing nearby wore only eye protection. An unknown type of fuel and a galvanized metal pipe were reportedly placed on top of a wooden pallet in a parking lot near the UI steam plants. The faculty advisor of the student club was reportedly in attendance for the experiment. University officials confirmed the students were all out of surgery and in recovery as of Friday morning.

University officials said the local police is now working with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to devise a report on the incident.

Ewart said a faculty adviser was present when the explosion happened. The press conference was held to provide more information about a rocket fuel explosion that injured multiple University of Idaho students Thursday evening.

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