Army Depot Explosion

An explosion during a training exercise has killed seven Marines at Hawthorne Army Depot in Nevada.

FOX News Radio's Jessica Rosenthal reports:

Aside from the seven killed, seven others were injured - two Marines and a sailor were badly hurt, according to Brigadier Gen. Jim Lukeman at Camp Lejeune, where the 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force is based.

(Brig. Gen. Lukeman) "A mortar round exploded in the mortar tube.  We don't know yet what caused this malfunction."

He says the accident occurred while they were doing live-fire and maneuver training at the Hawthorne Army Depot, south of Reno, Nevada.  An investigation into what caused the malfunction is underway.

Use of the specific lot of those mortars has been suspended.

Jessica Rosenthal, FOX News Radio.

Maj. Gen. Raymond C. Fox, II MEF commanding general said the following about the incident:

"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. We mourn their loss, and it is with heavy hearts we remember their courage and sacrifice."

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