California teenager killed in homemade science experiment

California teenager killed in homemade science experiment

A Southern California teenager lost his life while trying to conduct a homemade science experiment, Ventura County sheriff's Capt. Garo Kuredjian confirmed.

Bernard Moon, an 18-year-old resident of Thousand Oaks, died and his 17-year-old friend received multiple injuries Monday night when their homemade rocket fastened to a skateboard exploded.

The deadly explosion took place in a courtyard at Madrona Elementary School in Thousand Oaks. Both Moon and his friend were senior honor students at Thousand Oaks High School.

Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts were meeting at the school, when the explosion suddenly shook the area. Tammy Coburn, who was attending the meeting, said, "Nobody could really discern what it really was because it was a huge explosion. It was just all at once . Just a 'boom!'"

Kuredjian said the boys were using the rocket as an engine for the skateboard in the experiment. The rocket was one-foot in length and less than an inch in diameter.

Moon was selected for the Ventura County science fair in 2014 and 2015. This year's science fair was scheduled to take place on April 20, 2016. School authorities claimed that the deadly experiment at the elementary campus wasn't sanctioned by them.