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Nevada training accident kills 7 North Carolina Marines

Tuesday - 3/19/2013, 12:28pm  ET

RENO, Nev. (AP) -- Few details are available about the training accident at a military depot in western Nevada last night that left seven Marines dead and injured several others. Officials initially characterized it as an explosion, without giving specifics.

The Marines were based at Camp LeJeune in North Carolina.

The injured have been taken to area hospitals for treatment and further evaluation. One trauma hospital in Reno took nine patients, including one who died. A spokeswoman says three are in serious condition and five are in fair condition. She says the injuries include penetrating trauma and fractures.

The Hawthorne Army Depot stores and disposes of ammunition, and serves as a key training facility for special forces headed overseas. It's held an important place in U.S. military history since World War II, when it became the staging area for ammunition, bombs and rockets for the war.

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178-c-19-(Sagar Meghani (SAH'-gur meh-GAH'-nee), AP national security correspondent)-"desert training facilities"-AP National Security Correspondent Sagar Meghani reports seven Marines have been killed in a training accident in Nevada. (19 Mar 2013)

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175-a-11-(Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., in remarks)-"the ammunition depot"-Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says there was a terrible accident at the depot in Nevada. (19 Mar 2013)

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GRAPHICSBANK: NEVADA map highlighted with HAWTHORNE ARMY DEPOT locator, with MARINES KILLED lettering, finished graphic (19 Mar 2013)

APPHOTO NY112: FILE - This May 20, 2005 file photo shows storage bunkers at the U.S. Army Depot in Hawthorne, Nev. Seven Marines from a North Carolina unit were killed and several injured in a training accident at the Hawthorne Army Depot, the Marine Corps said Tuesday, March 19, 2013. The cause of the accident, that occurred shortly before 10 p.m. PST, Monday, March 18, is under investigation, officials said in a statement from the 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force at Camp LeJeune, N.C. 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. (AP Photo/Joe Cavaretta, File) (21 May 2005)

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