7 Marines Dead After Training Exercise Explosion In Nevada

Seven more are injured.


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

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