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Summer Blasting Camp

July 13 - 15

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The University of Kentucky Explosive Research Team (UKERT) will be holding a blasting camp this summer, from July 13 - 15 at the UKERT research facility in the Robinson Forest. Facilities include on-site housing with cabins and a classroom for instruction.

Campers will experience demonstrations, presentations, projects, and learn to handle and shoot explosives. Camp topics will include:

  • Safety, precautions and other regulatory considerations regarding explosives
  • Detonators
  • High explosives
  • Blasting agents
  • Rock blasting
  • Demolition

The blasting camp is open to people interested in the use of explosives for civil applications such as mining, demolition, and fireworks. The minimum age is 16 years old (must be U.S. citizen or permanent resident). Canadian residents must get ATF relief prior to application.

All applicants 18 years or older must submit to a background check in accordance with the Safe Explosives Act. Applicants will be screened to ensure good moral character and ethical standing.

The application requires a 250-300 word response to, "Why I am interested in the blasting camp at the University of Kentucky."


The deadline is June 17, 2022. Space is limited to 12 students. Early application is recommended.

Registration Fee and Additional Details

Once the applicants register for the camp, the registration fee and more details will be provided in the following 72 hours to the email address provided. Please be sure to use an address that is regularly checked.

More Information

Please contact Dr. Josh Calnan or Dr. Jhon Silva.

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Background Check

All applicants 18 years or older must submit to a name-based background check. For Kentucky residents please find the information in the following link:

Residents outside of Kentucky must submit to a background check from their jurisdiction.

Safe Explosives Act

Please review the Safe Explosives Act Fact Sheet here.