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article image'Several' killed at military depot explosion in Nevada, USA

By Anne Sewell     Mar 19, 2013 in World
Hawthorne - As an explosion rocked an ammunition storage facility in western Nevada, "several" people have reportedly been killed. Update: Latest news is that the blast killed 7 marines and injured a further 7.
According to US Marines spokeswoman Kendra Motz, the explosion occurred at the Hawthorne Army Depot during a training exercise late on Monday. Motz told Reuters that "several" people had been killed by the blast.
A Marines spokesman, Captain Nicholas Mannweiler, had said that Marines were among those killed but has declined to specify the cause of the explosion or the number killed.
However, Russ Collier, an official at the depot told KRNV-TV that the explosion was unrelated to the ammunition being stored at the facility.
Police officials in the town of Hawthorne, which is located around 140 miles southeast of Reno, were unable to provide any additional information.
The Hawthorne Army Depot is a 147,000 acre facility used for storing ammunition and for the destruction of demilitarized ammunition. The facility comprises hundreds of buildings which are spread over more than 230 square miles.
While the cause of the blast is still under investigation, regrettably it is confirmed that 7 Marines have been killed and a further 7 injured.
According to Stacy Kendall, a spokeswoman for the medical center, victims were airlifted to Renown Regional Medical Center. Injuries included penetration trauma, fractures and vascular injuries. The status of the injured is unknown at present.
Marine Maj. Gen. Raymond Fox said in a statement, "We send our prayers and condolences to the families of Marines involved in this tragic incident."
"We mourn their loss, and it is with heavy hearts we remember their courage and sacrifice."
Once the families of the deceased have been notified, the names of the dead and injured will be released.
The Marines involved in the incident are from Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.
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