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Lawmakers Respond to Hawthorne Explosion Tragedy

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CARSON CITY, NV – Governor Brian Sandoval this morning made the following statement:

"I am deeply saddened to hear of the incident at the Hawthorne Army Depot this morning. The men and women who work and train there put service ahead of self each and every day. Kathleen and I wish to extend our deepest sympathies to those killed and their families. Our thoughts and prayers are with those who have been injured and we pray for their speedy recovery."


Heller Statement on Hawthorne Army Depot Explosion

(Washington DC) – U.S. Senator Dean Heller (R-NV) issued the following statement regarding last night's explosion at Hawthorne Army Depot:  

"My thoughts and prayers go out to the families who lost loved ones in this explosion, and the entire nation is grateful for the service of those whose lives were lost. I would also like to thank the first responders and medical personnel who are helping the injured, and wish those injured service members a speedy recovery. My staff and I will continue to closely monitor the situation," said Senator Dean Heller.



Washington, D.C. – Nevada Senator Harry Reid spoke on the Senate floor today regarding an explosion near the Hawthorne Army Depot that killed seven Marines and injured several others. Below are his remarks as prepared for delivery: 

Late last night, seven United States Marines were killed and several others were injured by an explosion during a training exercise near Hawthorne Army Depot in Nevada. My thoughts are with those who were injured. My heart goes out to the families of those who lost their lives. And my sympathies are with their fellow Marines, who are also grieving this loss.

Details are still emerging, and I will continue to follow this news closely. I will do whatever I can going forward to support the United States Military and the families of the fallen Marines.



Washington DC – Representative Steven Horsford (NV-4) released the following statement after learning of a live-fire training exercise accident that resulted in the death of several Marines at Hawthorne Army Depot: 

"I am deeply saddened by the loss of life as the result of an explosion during a live-fire training at Hawthorne Army Depot last night. I had the honor and privilege visiting the Depot in January, which is located in Nevada's 4th Congressional District. The families of those affected are in my thoughts and prayers, and I pray for the recovery of those in critical condition and receiving medical care. Our office is in contact with the Governor, local officials, and military command to receive updates on the situation."


Hagan Statement on Seven Marines Killed During Training Exercise   

Washington, DC – U.S. Senator Kay Hagan of North Carolina made the following statement after seven Marines from Camp Lejeune were killed last night in Nevada during a training exercise: 

(The Marines training in Hawthorne are part of the 2nd Marine Division based in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.)

"I was so saddened to learn about the seven Marines from Camp Lejeune who were killed last night in Nevada.  Our Marines, and all of our service members, demonstrate their bravery everyday as they serve our country. My thoughts and prayers are with the families of the Marines who were killed and those who were injured, and I will continue to monitor the investigation so we can find out what happened and take appropriate steps."


The commander of the 2nd Marine Expeditionary force is offering condolences to the families of the Marines killed and wounded in a mortar explosion at the Hawthorne Army Depot in Nevada.

Maj. Gen. Raymond Fox says, "it is with heavy hearts we remember their courage and sacrifice."

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