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The Latest: 4 injured in University of Idaho blast improve

Posted April 14

— The Latest on University of Idaho explosion (all times local):

8:30 a.m.

Hospital officials say four people injured in an explosion at the University of Idaho were in good condition on Friday morning.

Eric Hollenbeck, marketing coordinator from Gritman Medical Center, did not release any additional details about their conditions or injuries. Their names have not been released.

UI Vice President Daniel Ewart says all four had to undergo surgery after a device they were using to test fuel for an experimental rocket exploded late Thursday night.

Moscow Police Chief James Fry says federal agents are investigating the incident, but it is not a criminal investigation.

Ewart says the people involved were not intending to launch the rocket. Instead they were using a device made up of a galvanized pipe, which measured about a foot in length and an inch and a half in diameter.

Ewart says he does not know how many people were in the vicinity of the explosion, which happened just before 10 p.m. outside the school's steam plant.

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6:40 a.m.

University of Idaho officials say one person is in critical condition and three others are in stable condition following an explosion in a parking lot where people had gathered to test an experimental rocket.

Vice President for Infrastructure Daniel Ewart says the explosion happened just before 10 p.m. Thursday outside the school's steam plant.

Northwest Organization of Rocket Engineers member and student Grant Thurman says the club tried testing rocket fuel but when one of the club's co-presidents ignited the fuel, it exploded.

Thurman says the man wore face protection but the other co-president standing nearby wore only eye protection.

He says other club members also wore eye protection.

Names of those injured haven't been released.

Authorities investigated the explosion.

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1 a.m.

University of Idaho officials say four people were injured in an explosion that happened in a parking lot where people had gathered to test an experimental rocket.

Officials said in a statement the explosion happened just before 10 p.m. on campus next to a steam plant.

Four people were taken to a local hospital for treatment. Officials say they didn't know the names of those injured.

Officials said there was no danger on campus after the incident.

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