Seven Marines killed in training accident in Reno, NV
Seven U.S. Marines were killed and at least seven wounded when a mortar exploded during a live-fire training exercise overnight at an Army munitions depot in the Nevada desert, military officials told NBC News.
There were conflicting reports about what happened. According to one account, a 60-millimeter mortar shell exploded in a tube as Marines were preparing to fire it. Another account said that the shell exploded as Marines were picking it up to load it.
The accident happened just before 10 p.m. Monday at Hawthorne Army Depot, a 147,000-acre ammunition storage and training facility just east of the California line.
Four Marines were killed instantly, military officials told NBC News. The two others died while waiting to be flown to the hospital.
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Apologies on the slow posting again lately. Turns out I have pneumonia, which is vindication for my wife who told me to go to the doctor 2 weeks ago. Either way, I should be posting sporadically over the next couple of days while my lungs heal.