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Blast at Nevada military site kills 7 Marines, injures 7 more

Photo by Kristen Lowe

Photo by Kristen Lowe

(Reuters) - Seven U.S. Marines were killed and seven people injured during a training exercise at a military ammunition storage facility in western Nevada, U.S. military officials said Tuesday.

The explosion occurred Monday at 10 p.m. PDT (5 a.m. GMT Tuesday) during a Marine training exercise at the Hawthorne Army Depot in western Nevada, said facility manager Russ Collier.

Victims were airlifted to Renown Regional Medical Center with injuries that included penetration trauma, fractures and vascular injuries, said Stacy Kendall, a spokeswoman for the medical center.

One was declared dead, three more were in serious condition and five in fair condition.

The cause of the explosion remains under investigation, said Marine Lt. Col. Neil Murphy Jr.

Hawthorne Army Depot is a 147,000-acre site used for the storage and destruction of demilitarized ammunition.

Comments

Sister_Ruby 1 year, 1 month ago

Harry Reid blames the unfortunate incident on the Sequester (Obama's idea) which of course Reid and Democrats have somehow switched the blame to Republicans.

Harry Reid, majority leader of the United States Senate, is a P O S.

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RedEric 1 year, 1 month ago

Harry Reid must have blackmail info on a majority of people in Nevada to keep getting re-elected. Military personnel deal with dangerous equipment and unfortunately accidents happen. For him to use this politically is beyond despicable. Also, I have trouble believing he is an ex boxer. If so I bet he holds the record for below the belt punches.

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