BYU dormitory damaged by explosion caused by resident making rocket fuel; 22 displaced students

Now 22 students are being moved from their dorm in Provo, Utah.

The crash of the experiment happened at Brigham Young University (BYU) on-campus housing on Sunday afternoon. A 22-year-old resident told police he was trying to recreate something he saw online when he decided to try making rocket fuel, and it wasn’t a school project .

The ingredients used to make the compound were common store-bought items, BYU Police Lt. Jeff Long told CNN.

The resident was making about five pounds of the substance when it overheated, causing a fireball to erupt in the kitchen, according to Long. Flames from the explosion engulfed the walls and ceiling around the stove, setting off the fire sprinklers in the building, which flooded the ground floor, police said. Provo firefighters arrived and quickly extinguished the rest of the blaze, police said.

Fortunately, no one was hurt, but it could have been a catastrophic event, Long said. He added that many students were off campus due to the holiday weekend.

“It was definitely bad judgment on this person,” Long said. “He didn’t think about that.”

The unit where the fire occurred is home to six residents, but only two were home at the time. One person was involved in the experiment that went wrong and was questioned by police, according to Long.

Due to fire and water damage caused by sprinklers, 22 residents were displaced. Police are still investigating the incident and have not yet been able to determine the amount of damage to the structure and personal property.

“Please keep your experiments in the lab and supervised by trained professionals,” read a BYU police Facebook post.

At this time, the resident does not face charges, according to Long, but once the investigation is complete, it will be sent to the prosecutor to determine whether charges will be filed.

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