Teenager dies as homemade rocket explodes in his face in front of friend


Bernard Moon 
By: Tanya Malhotra

(Scroll down for video) A bright young student died in front of his horrified friend.

18-year-old Bernard Moon was working on a school science project about 7:30 p.m. when it exploded.

Moon of Thousand Oaks, California, and his 17-year-old friend, built a rocket attached to a skateboard for their school science project.

The teens decided to test the project outside of the Madrona Elementary School. When the engine stalled and did not go off as expected, Moon walked over to the device to check what was wrong.

As he walked close to it, the rocket exploded in his face, injuring him and his classmate. They were both taken to a hospital.

The unidentified 17-year-old friend survived his wounds, but Moon was pronounced dead.

Moon was very well known on his school for his love of science. He had been accepted to both Brown University and the University of Berkeley.