Four Marines Killed In California
It was an accident at Camp Pendleton.
The accident happened at 11 a.m. during a range maintenance operation at the San Diego County coastal base.
The Marines were clearing the range of unexploded ordnance, and it was not a live firing range, a Marine official said. No further details were released…
The deaths come about eight months after a mortar explosion killed seven Marines during a live-fire training exercise in Nevada.
A military investigation determined human error was to blame for that accident. According to the probe’s findings, a Marine operating a 60 mm mortar tube and ammunition did not follow correct procedures, resulting in the detonation of a high explosive round at the mortar position.