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US Military Facility Explosion Claims 7 Marines

Unidentified U.S. Marines refine their skills while participating in the Special Forces Basic Combat Course at the Army deport in Hawthorne, Nev., Sept. 29, 2008.
An explosion during a training exercise has killed seven U.S. Marines and wounded seven others at a military ammunition storage facility in the western U.S. state of Nevada.

A military spokeswoman says the explosion occurred late Monday during a Marine training exercise at the Hawthorne Army Depot.

The Marines involved in the training are based at Camp LeJeune, in the eastern U.S. state of North Carolina, the cause of the explosion is under investigation.

The 60,000 hectare military facility is used for storing ammunition and other military equipment.

Some information for this report was provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.