7 Marines Dead in Explosion at Nev. Army Depot
Another 8 wounded during training exercise accident
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 19, 2013 7:58 AM CDT
Updated Mar 19, 2013 8:20 AM CDT
Soldiers from Operational Detachment Alpha 3133 conduct a mounted-dismounted route clearing exercise during a pre-mission training exercise at the Hawthorne, Nev., Army Depot on Oct. 6, 2008.   (AP Photo/U.S. Army, Staff Sgt. Corey T. Dennis)

(Newser) – Seven US Marines are dead after an explosion at Hawthorne Army Depot in Nevada last night, military officials tell NBC News. The accident occurred at an ammunition storage facility during a live-fire training exercise, when a 60-millimeter mortar exploded in a tube as Marines were getting ready to fire it. Another eight Marines were wounded; three are in serious condition. The 147,000-acre depot is used for storing and destroying demilitarized ammo, Reuters reports.

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JoeNobody
Mar 19, 2013 11:50 AM CDT
Every time I drove past that place on the highway it gave me the creeps. But (sigh) such places are necessary, I suppose. Too bad for these kids, it's what old military folks call "collateral damage."
Libris_Fidelis
Mar 19, 2013 8:52 AM CDT
Shhhhh... al Qaeda did it ! ! ! ! !
offspringdude235
Mar 19, 2013 8:44 AM CDT
My thoughts and prayers go out these courageous soldiers and their families. The Nation owes them a great debt. RIP.