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Blast at Nevada military site kills seven Marines, hurts seven

Seven U.S. Marines were killed and seven others injured during a training exercise at a military ammunition storage facility in western Nevada, U.S. military officials said Tuesday. The explosion occurred Monday at 10 p.m. PDT (1 a.m. EDT Tuesday) during a Marine training exercise at the Hawthorne Army Depot in western Nevada, said facility manager Russ Collier. The Marines were from Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, a spokeswoman said. 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. The status of the injured was unclear. The cause of the explosion remains under investigation, said Marine Lt. Col. Neil Murphy Jr. Hawthorne Army Depot, about 135 miles south of Reno, is a 147,000-acre site used for the storage and destruction of demilitarized ammunition. It was first established as a naval staging area for bombs, rockets and ammunition, and was

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