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Seven Marines die in training accident

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File photo shows storage bunkers at the U.S. Army Depot in Hawthorne, Nev. (AP Photo/Joe Cavaretta) File photo shows storage bunkers at the U.S. Army Depot in Hawthorne, Nev. (AP Photo/Joe Cavaretta)

An official at the Hawthorne Army Depot in Nevada says an explosion has occurred during a Marine Corps training exercise.

Sources told Fox News that there were seven Marine casualties after the explosion.

Russ Collier told KRNV-TV in Reno that the explosion Monday night was an accident unrelated to the ammunition that is stored at the military facility near the small desert community of Hawthorne, about 140 miles southeast of Reno.

Calls to the depot and to U.S. Joint Munitions Command, which oversees the facility, were not immediately answered.

The Mineral County sheriff's office says it does not have any details.

The Hawthorne Army Depot stores and disposes of ammunition. The facility is made up of hundreds of buildings spread over more than 230 square miles.

In Washington, Army spokesman George Wright says he as yet had no details on the explosion.

 

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