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U of I to update safety protocols after rocket fuel explosion

The blast occurred on the night of April 13 as they conducted an experiment involving their own formulation of rocket fuel in a parking lot on campus. A faculty adviser was present at the time.

The students were treated at Gritman Medical Center in Moscow and were able to finish the semester, said Dan Ewart, UI’s vice president for infrastructure. The report, which was drafted by a task force of a dozen faculty members and school officials, includes 14 recommendations for improving campus safety.

“We’re looking forward to implementing these and minimizing the risk of something like this ever happening again,” Ewart said. “Most importantly, we’re glad that our students are on the mend.” Read more. Chad Sokol/SR

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D.F. Oliveria started Huckleberries Online on Feb. 16, 2004. Oliveria's Sunday print Huckleberries is a past winner of the national Herb Caen Memorial Column contest.