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'[OT]:: Explosion at Scaled Composites test site, M'
2007\07\26@213655 by Russell McMahon

MOJAVE, Calif. -- Two people were killed and four others injured
Thursday by an explosion at a Mojave Desert airport that is home to
pioneering civilian rocket programs, authorities said.

A sign on a truck behind a bunker had the name Scaled. Scaled
Composites is the Mojave-based builder of SpaceShipOne, the first
private manned rocket to reach space.

"Reports are two fatalities and at least four critical injuries," said
Kern County fire Capt. Doug Johnston, who was not at the scene.

KNBC reports that two tanks of nitrous oxide exploded at the airport.

A call seeking comment from the airport manager was not immediately

It was not immediately clear what caused the blast, which happened
around 2:45 p.m. in a remote section of the Mojave Air and Space Port,
said Tony Diffenbaugh, an inspector with the Kern County Fire

Kern County fire crews and bomb experts were en route to the scene,
where there was concern that airport personnel could be exposed to
hazardous materials, said sheriff's Deputy Martinez.


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MOJAVE, Calif. -- KNBC reports that two tanks of nitrous oxide have
exploded at the Mojave Airport on Thursday.

Mojave Air and Space Port is located at 1434 Flightline St. in Mojave,

There are reports that there are six critical injuries.

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