A deadly explosion occurred at a military ammunition storage facility in Nevada. According to Fox News on Tuesday, March 19 the explosion occurred at the Marine Corps training area and killed seven U.S. Marines.
The soldiers were part of the 2nd Marine Division and were killed late Monday due to a 60-millimeter mortar blast. The explosion happened during their live-fire training exercise. The Marines at the Hawthorne Army Depot were preparing to fire the mortar during training when the tragic incident took place.
Families of the victims are currently being notified; therefore, no names have been released.
In addition to the seven who were killed during the explosion, eight more were wounded. Three are listed in serious condition and five others are stated to be in fair condition.
Major General Raymond C. Fox released a statement offering his condolences to the families who have suffered this tragic loss.
"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," said Maj. Gen. Raymond C. Fox, the force's commander. "We mourn their loss, and it is with heavy hearts we remember their courage and sacrifice."
The cause of the blast has not been identified and is still under investigation.
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