At 18, Bernard Moon was looking at a bright future. A charismatic high school honors student and athlete, he had been accepted at elite universities.
But his life was cut short this week by the blast of a homemade rocket — a failed nighttime science experiment on the tarmac of a Southern California elementary school.
A homemade chemical rocket attached to a skateboard blew up Monday night, mortally injuring Moon, who died at a hospital. His 17-year-old friend suffered minor injuries.
The rocket was about a foot long and three-quarters of an inch in diameter, Ventura County sheriff’s Capt. Garo Kuredjian said.