Late Monday evening while conducting a nighttime live-fire training exercise, several U.S. Marines were killed and injured when a 60mm mortar round detonated in or around the tube (the caliber has not yet been confirmed but the Marine Corps utilizes 60, 81 and 120mm mortar systems). The incident took place in the live-fire training area south of the massive U.S. Army ammunition depot in Hawthorne, Nevada about 91 miles southeast of Reno.
Seven U.S. Marines were killed from the initial detonation and subsequent lag time delay while waiting for a “flight for life” to arrive on scene. An additional seven were injured and moved to regional hospitals for care. Many media outlets have reported that the Marines were from II MEF stationed out of Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Camp Lejeune is home to hundreds of units so saying they were from II MEF is a very generalized statement and could mean anyone from LAR to 9th Marine Regiment; we just have to wait for more information to be released.
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