SOCORRO, N.M. (KRQE) - Officials say energetic materials sparked a fire at a New Mexico Tech explosives site that injured three people.
Two of the injured are in critical condition.
Tech officials say the fire began while a crew was setting up for an explosives test.
The fire began a little after 12 p.m. Monday.
According to New Mexico Tech, it appears to be accidental at this point.
Officials are still investigating.
Two trucks were burned up in the process.
It happened when four people were unloading explosives on a concrete slab in a dirt test field, about five miles from the main campus.
The materials somehow caught fire and quickly burned.
Tech officials say this was not an explosion, but it was enough for all four people to run to a nearby bunker for safety.
Three people were hurt, including on New Mexico Tech employee in the energetic materials and research testing center, and two subcontractors.
The subcontractors suffered critical injuries.
They were airlifted to UNM Hospital, but they are expected to survive.
"Sounds like an accident indeed," NM Tech Spokesperson Tom Guengrich said. "It's a strange occurrence and it certainly was unintentional for these explosives to ignite when they did and for that reason, we'll really be looking into what happened."
That investigation should pick up Tuesday.
The identities of the people injured have not been released.
No students were involved.
The college says this was a standard test that happens on a daily basis.
Typically, the college says about six to 12 different people typically do tests at the site
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