quote: The Marines were conducting live fire and maneuver training at the Hawthorne army depot,” he explained. “…a (60mm) mortar round exploded in the mortar tube causing the deaths of seven and injuring (now eight) others. We don’t know yet what caused this malfunction.”
MrCarton UNO Fan Paradise Valley, MT Member since Dec 2009 2241 posts
re: Reid Implies Sequester Caused Explosion That Killed 7 Marines (Posted on 3/20/13 at 8:58 pm to pistolpete23)
That's Terrible. I can picture a squad of dudes standing around getting a class when this happened.
I have heard of 2 accidents similar to this. One was a misfire on drop fire mode and the guy dumped the hot round out of the tube when it decided to go up. He lived, with minor injuries though. I'm guessing the tube shrapnel was a large contributor to the lethality of this incident.