Homemade Rocket Kills Three Engineers

Homemade Rocket Kills Three Engineers

A homemade rocket recently exploded and killed three young engineers at the Callery Chemical Co. plant near Lawrence, Kans. Four others were injured by the blast at the plant, which manufactures boron compounds to fuel missiles and jet planes. The rocket assembly apparently consisted of a 1-inch section of copper tubing about 2 feet long. The fuel used was believed to have been a mixture of waste chemicals and silver nitrate.

The experiment was conducted after normal working hours and against company regulations according to the plant manager, who said, “This is a grim lesson for makers of homemade rockets when five graduate chemical engineers have one blow up on them.


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