Camp Pendleton Explosion: 4 Marines Die In Shocking Accident

Thu, November 14, 2013 8:03pm EDT by 4 Comments
Camp Pendleton Explosion
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So scary. Four Marines were killed at Camp Pendleton, Calif. on Nov. 13, in what the military is calling a range accident.

The four Marines were killed in an explosion that occurred during a range maintenance operation at Camp Pendleton near San Diego at around 11 a.m. The cause of the accident is still being investigated. Read on for more details.

Camp Pendleton Explosion — 4 Marines Killed In Range Accident

Lt. Ryan Finnegan, a base spokesman, says the accident occurred during routine maintenance of the Zulu Impact Area, where artillery, mortar and aerial bombs strike during training exercises, according to USA Today. The area is near the middle of the 125,000-acre base. Camp Pendleton spokesman Cpl. Michael Iams says there were no other injuries in the accident.

“We offer our heartfelt prayers and condolences to the families of the Marines lost today in this tragic accident,” says Brig. Gen. John Bullard, commanding general, Marine Corps Installations West-Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton. “Our first priority is to provide the families with the support they need during this difficult time.”

The names of those killed in the accident are expected to be announced on Nov. 14, after their families are notified.

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While the Camp Pendleton spokesman says the accident took place during a periodic sweep of the area, according to NBC San Diego, “sources inside the Pentagon said the Marines were not clearing the range, but instead doing some sort of training when the deadly detonation occurred.”

The deaths at Camp Pendleton come six months after a US Navy SEAL was killed in an accident during a training exercise in May, and eight months after a mortar explosion killed seven Marines during a training exercise in Nevada, according to csmonitor.com. These tragedies have raised questions about whether the use of live-fire training is necessary in this day and age.

Thirteen Marines have been killed at Camp Pendleton since 2004, according to KTLA.com.

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