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.