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7 Marines got killed in blast at Nevada training center

The explosion occurred during a training exercise unrelated to the ammunition stored at the desert facility southeast of Reno. (Photo: Cpl. Christopher O€™Quin, USMC, AFP/Getty Images) Seven Marines were killed and eight wounded late Monday when a 60mm mortar round exploded during a training exercise at the Hawthorne Army Depot in Nevada, according to military and defense officials. The Marines were part of the 2nd Marine Division, a ground combat force based at Camp Lejeune, N.C. Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno, the area's major trauma hospital, took nine patients, including one who died, three who are in serious condition and five who are in fair condition, according to spokeswoman Stacy Kendall. All the patients are men under the age of 30, she said. Kendall described their injuries as penetrating trauma, fractures and vascular injuries. A senior defense official said it appears that a mortar round exploded inside a firing tube instead of flying out. The official, s

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