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“Training Incident” Results in Fatalities
By Harold Hutchison

An explosion at Hawthorne Army Depot in Nevada has left seven Marines dead. The accident came during a training mission involving members of the II Marine Expeditionary Force.

According to a report from FoxNews.com, the deaths came when a 60mm mortar round exploded during the training.

“We send our prayers and condolences to the families of Marines involved in this tragic incident,” said Marine Corps Maj. Gen. Raymond C. Fox, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force commanding general. “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.”

The Marines have imposed a moratorium on the use of 60mm mortars. The main 60mm mortar in service, the M224, is often used at the company level. The incident is under investigation, and there is no word on how long the moratorium will be in place.