CORVALLIS, Ore. - Some loud and explosive noises may come from the Aero Laboratory at Oregon State University, west of Reser Stadium, occasionally during work hours over the next two years or more.

The noises, which could resemble that of an explosion, loud firecracker or gunshot, will be associated with work to test rocket motors and propulsion devices at the university's propulsion laboratory, on 30th Street just west of Reser Stadium. The noises will usually be heard no more than twice a week, and will be of a short duration during a 1-2 hour period. The testing will occur during daylight, weekday hours from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The work is related to research being conducted by both undergraduate and graduate students in the OSU College of Engineering. Although propulsion devices are being studied, no rockets are being shot into the air.

University officials and local police have been notified of the potential for the infrequent, but loud noises.

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David Blunck, 541-737-7095