Hawthorne Army Depot Releases Statement on Explosion
We are deeply saddened and mourning the losses of the fatal incident that occurred here late Monday night.
Seven Marines were killed, and seven Marines and one sailor were injured during a training event.
"Our sympathies and thoughts go out to the families and loved ones of 2nd Marine Division," said Lt. Col. Craig M. Short, commander, Hawthorne Army Depot. "Although this is a very difficult time for the entire depot and our small town, we will continue to work closely with the Marine Corps during this tragic incident."
We appreciate and thank all the local community and medical professionals for their immediate and continued support.
The commanding general of the U.S. Army Materiel Command, Gen. Dennis L. Via, expressed his appreciation to the first responders in the incident.
"We share the Marine Corps and Hawthorne community's grief following this tragedy. Our thoughts and prayers are with each of you. I offer my sincere appreciation to the first responders and medical professionals in the community who supported our wounded and fallen Marines," he said.
The cause of the incident is still under investigation.
More information will be provided as it becomes available.
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