Blast at Nevada military site kills seven Marines, injures seven more

Marines march on Fifth Avenue during the 252nd annual St. Patrick's Day Parade March 16, 2013 in New York City.  Credit: Getty Images
Marines march on Fifth Avenue during the 252nd annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade in New York City. The cause of the explosion that killed seven Marines in Nevada remains under investigation.
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Seven Marines were killed and seven people injured during a training exercise at a military ammunition storage facility in western Nevada, military officials said Tuesday.

The explosion occurred Monday at 10 p.m. PDT (1 a.m. ET Tuesday) during a Marine training exercise at the Hawthorne Army Depot, said facility manager Russ Collier.

Victims were airlifted to Renown Regional Medical Center with injuries that included penetration trauma, fractures and vascular injuries, said Stacy Kendall, a spokeswoman for the medical center.

One was declared dead, three more were in serious condition and five in fair condition.

The cause of the explosion remains under investigation, said Marine Lt. Col. Neil Murphy Jr.

Hawthorne Army Depot is a 147,000-acre site used for the storage and destruction of demilitarized ammunition.


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