Explosion during training kills 7 service members
Updated: Tuesday, March 19 2013, 08:31 PM EDT
HAWTHORNE, Nev. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - An explosion during a Marine corps training drill in Nevada has killed seven service members.
Emergency responders arrived to an Army facility in Western Nevada at about 10:00 p.m. Monday to find 7 Marines dead and several others injured.
Five Marines are still in serious condition.
The Hawthorne Army Depot is a massive complex of buildings about 140 miles southeast of Reno, used to store ammunition.
The Pentagon says the Marines died when a 60 mm mortar exploded inside its firing tube.
The victims were all based at Camp LeJeune, North Carolina.
The military is not releasing the victim's names until the families can be notified.