Hawthorne Army Depot in western Nevada in an August 2010 satellite image.
A mortar exploded during a training exercise Monday night, killing seven and injuring seven U.S. Marines at the Hawthorne Army Depot in western Nevada, according to military officials.
Hawthorne Army Depot is a storage facility and special forces training location that offers “realistic simulation of the situation in Afghanistan.”
Maj. Gen. Raymond C. Fox issued a statement about the incident Tuesday:
“We send our prayers and condolences to the families of Marines involved in this tragic incident. We remain focused on ensuring that they are supported through this difficult time … We mourn their loss, and it is with heavy hearts we remember their courage and sacrifice.”
The death toll was initially six Marines, but rose to seven Tuesday morning.
BREAKING: Six Marines killed, eight wounded in overnight live fire exercise at US Army Depot in Hawthorne, NV.— NBC News
Seven U.S. Marines were killed during a training exercise Monday night in Nevada, the Marines say.— CNN Breaking News
5. No names have been released yet, but ABC News has details on the battalion affected:
#Developing: Marine official confirms Marines were from battalion based at Camp Lejeune, NC who were training at Nevada facility.— ABC News