Seven Marines killed in tragic training accident.

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    Seven Marines killed in tragic training accident.

    Getting close to home since these troops were from Camp LeJeune just down the road from me. It is so sad to lose troops in combat but to lose them in training is even harder to deal with. Prayers to them and their families.

    Mortar explosion in firing tube kills Camp Lejeune Marines in Nev.

    Camp Lejeune, N.C. A mortar shell explosion killed at least seven Marines from Camp Lejeune and injured several more during mountain warfare training in Nevada's high desert, prompting the Pentagon to immediately halt the use of the weapons until an investigation can determine their safety, officials said Tuesday.

    The explosion occurred Monday night at the Hawthorne Army Depot, a sprawling facility used by troops heading overseas, during an exercise involving the 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force from Camp Lejeune, N.C. Several Marines from the unit were injured in the blast, authorities said.

    The 60mm mortar round exploded in its firing tube during the exercise, Brig. Gen. Jim Lukeman said at a news conference at Camp Lejeune. He said investigators were trying to determine the cause of the malfunction.

    "We don't know yet what caused this malfunction," Lukeman told reporters at Camp Lejeune Tuesday afternoon. "A team of investigators have begun investigating to figure out just what happened."

    The 60mm mortar is a weapon that traditionally requires three to four Marines to operate, but it's common during training for others to observe nearby.
    Mortar explosion in firing tube kills Camp Lejeune Marines in Nev. :: WRAL.com

    P.S. Just read online that an eighth Marine has perished.
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    My thoughts and prayers are with their families.
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    Live munitions are always hazardlous. RIP Marines.
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    RIP, brothers.
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    Condolences and best thoughts to the Marines and their families from an ex-11C.
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    Prayers for the troops and their families.
    I didn't know mortar shells could go boom in the tube.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pappou68 View Post
    Prayers for the troops and their families.
    I didn't know mortar shells could go boom in the tube.
    There not suppose to,sounds like something went wrong with the fuse since IIRC you can fuse the rounds for everything from air bursts to delayed explosion after the round impacts,troops think its clear and start moving around then kaboom
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    Quote Originally Posted by dukalmighty View Post
    There not suppose to,sounds like something went wrong with the fuse since IIRC you can fuse the rounds for everything from air bursts to delayed explosion after the round impacts,troops think its clear and start moving around then kaboom
    An 81mm round did the same thing in Vilseck, Germany around 1977. It was determined that it was due to microscopic fracturing in the casing of some very old ammo. I have seen proximity fuses go off on their upward trajectories, but high enough to not cause injury.
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    May those soldiers R.I.P.
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