Explosion Victim Was Model Rocket Enthusiast

El Paso Authorities Identify Black Forest Man Killed In Blast

Authorities have identified a man killed in an El Paso County house explosion and said he was a model rocket enthusiast who made his own rocket fuel.

Robert Nelson, 69, was killed July 21 in an explosion in his basement in the Black Forest area.

According to authorities, Nelson experimented with his own solid rocket fuel, but they wouldn't say if that's what caused the explosion and fire. Flames from the fire could be seen miles away.

Deputies said they have been at the house for small explosions in the past.

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