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03-19-2013, 04:45 PM
Seven Marines Killed During Training Exercise in Western Nevada

http://www.slate.com/content/dam/slate/blogs/the_slatest/2013/03/19/hawthorne_army_depot_seven_marines_killed_in_train ing_exercise/hawthorn.jpg.CROP.article568-large.jpg Screen grab of U.S. Army's Hawthorne Army Depot institutional video

Seven Marines were killed and at least seven others wounded at an Army munitions depot in the Nevada desert, reports NBC News (http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/03/19/17370716-7-marines-killed-in-explosion-during-training-exercise-at-army-depot-in-nevada?lite). Although it’s still not clear what exactly happened, it seems a mortar exploded late Monday during a Marine training exercise at the Hawthorne Army Depot, according to Reuters (http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/03/19/us-usa-nevada-explosion-idUSBRE92I0FB20130319).

NBC says some reports claim a mortar shell exploded as Marines were getting ready to fire it, while another report claims a shell exploded when Marines picked it up to load it.

According to the website (http://www.jmc.army.mil/Installations.aspx?id=HawthorneOverview) of the 147,000-acre site, the Hawthorne Army Depot is “the nation’s premier demilitarization facility for conventional ammunition.”

Because of its isolated desert location, the site is the “ideal” backdrop to train special operations forces as they prepare to deploy to the Middle East and elsewhere.

Either version requires an investigation of the manufacturer and all other shells in the lot.

Galax Steeler
03-20-2013, 04:36 AM
R.I.P and thanks for your service

03-20-2013, 03:19 PM
I hate to here that they were killed in a training exercise. R.I.P.

Thanks to ALL who have payed the ultimate sacrifice to keep us free. I also want to thank ALL the men and women who have served, and the ones who are serving today. THANK YOU ALL.

Fire Haley
03-22-2013, 08:55 PM
call EOD - - I don't have a clue why a mortar would just blow up