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(Fox News) NewsFlash Explosion at Hawthorne Army Depot in Nevada during a Marine training exercise, multiple fatalities reported   (foxnews.com) divider line 109
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2013-03-19 09:21:46 AM
DAMMIT OBAMA!
 
2013-03-19 09:22:37 AM
o_O
 
2013-03-19 09:23:02 AM
Boys and their toys.
 
2013-03-19 09:23:19 AM
 
2013-03-19 09:23:25 AM

meh.: DAMMIT OBAMA!


We were warned this would happen once we started letting the gays and womenfolk play with guns.
 
2013-03-19 09:23:37 AM
Prayers sent
 
2013-03-19 09:24:43 AM
The facility had an operating budget of $270,000 and a payroll of $2.88 million in fiscal year 2009, according to its website.

Annnnd, this is relevant because???

/cues "because OBAMA" replies
 
2013-03-19 09:25:16 AM
Funny. The NBC link mentioned what actually happened and how many Marines were killed. The FOX link mentions the farking operating budget for the facility.

Of course, the FOX article is greened.
 
2013-03-19 09:25:27 AM
It's very realistic training.
 
2013-03-19 09:25:36 AM
What part of "training" didn't they understand?!?!?!?
 
2013-03-19 09:26:17 AM
Explosions at military facilities in Nevada? Super bugs without any known vaccine?
M-O-O-N. That spells trouble.
 
2013-03-19 09:26:34 AM
Dayummmm....
 
2013-03-19 09:26:54 AM

GirlScoutSniper: The facility had an operating budget of $270,000 and a payroll of $2.88 million in fiscal year 2009, according to its website.

Annnnd, this is relevant because???

/cues "because OBAMA" replies


Because at FOX, money is more important than people.
 
2013-03-19 09:27:08 AM

dr_blasto: Funny. The NBC link mentioned what actually happened and how many Marines were killed. The FOX link mentions the farking operating budget for the facility.

Of course, the FOX article is greened.


Well they just trimmed their payroll budget
 
2013-03-19 09:27:09 AM
This is God giving payback to the U.S. military because they are babby killers, infidels, women who should be at home making sammiches and homos. If we weren't so busy playing World Police and sticking out noses in where they didn't belong, none of this would happen.
/I think that about covers it. 12/10
 
2013-03-19 09:27:11 AM
Why are the marines attacking an army depot?!?!
 
2013-03-19 09:27:27 AM
Live fire fark up.
 
2013-03-19 09:27:33 AM

mrmyxolodian: Super bugs without any known vaccine?


The FEV will save us.
 
2013-03-19 09:27:51 AM
Man thats a hellova trek from Iraq, the goat herder insurgent make it back?
 
2013-03-19 09:27:55 AM

meh.: DAMMIT OBAMA!


It's well known that military service members only started dying after Obama was sworn in.
 
2013-03-19 09:30:35 AM
Green on Green attack.
/farking boots.
 
2013-03-19 09:30:41 AM
Oops.
 
2013-03-19 09:32:04 AM
Damn :(
 
2013-03-19 09:32:22 AM
Big Bada Boom

www.just-whatever.com
 
2013-03-19 09:34:21 AM
www.timvp.com

"Sorry, Sargent Carter."

/Too soon?
 
2013-03-19 09:35:27 AM
When we outlaw 60 mm mortar accidents, only outlaws will have 60 mm mortar accidents.
 
2013-03-19 09:35:56 AM

jfivealive: More info

http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/03/19/17370716-7-marines-killed -i n-explosion-during-training-exercise-at-army-depot-in-nevada?lite


If it exploded in the tube, it sounds like an initial round failed to launch but became armed. When another round was loaded on top, Kablooey.

Only way I can think that it would have exploded when picked up would be if it was a timed fuze that somehow became armed, but usually practice drills involve contact fuses as they are cheaper and more reliable.
 
2013-03-19 09:36:29 AM

palelizard: Why are the marines attacking an army depot?!?!


One-too many jarhead jokes?
 
2013-03-19 09:37:36 AM
Man in charge of the mortar team.

www.imfdb.org

"What coordinates sir?"

"Coordinates?!"
 
2013-03-19 09:38:00 AM
60mm mortar, one of the best infantry weapons available. As demonstrated here, sadly.
 
2013-03-19 09:39:12 AM

DarkSoulNoHope: Man in charge of the mortar team.

[www.imfdb.org image 500x276]

"What coordinates sir?"

"Coordinates?!"


That's an 82 mm.
 
2013-03-19 09:39:46 AM
Rico! You are relieved of squad command!
 
2013-03-19 09:40:17 AM
If only there were a special group of people that demonstrated years of competence and rigorous training to be able to possess such high-powered weaponry...

/someone actually said that in a CCW thread.
 
2013-03-19 09:42:07 AM
i527.photobucket.com
 
2013-03-19 09:42:47 AM

DarkSoulNoHope: Man in charge of the mortar team.

[www.imfdb.org image 500x276]

"What coordinates sir?"

"Coordinates?!"


Now I've gotta go watch that movie again.
 
2013-03-19 09:42:51 AM

DjangoStonereaver: [www.timvp.com image 247x211]

"Sorry, Sargent Carter."

/Too soon?


What a ludicrous concept for a TV show, esp. during the Vietnam era.

/had a football coach we called "Sgt. Carter"

//behind his back
 
2013-03-19 09:44:52 AM
Old ammo is... old. The way that it usually works is new ammo gets tested by lot (ie a factory makes (x) number of ammunition items and say 1% of those (randomly chosen, not by the manufacturer) get used to make sure that they work, out of those lets say that the specs call for (n%) to work as advertised. In addition most ammo has a shelf life that has 3 steps that can be simply categorized as (will work, should work and unreliable, so get rid of it.). It's actually a bit more complicated than that but in essence that's how it works.

If a problem is discovered in the field then all of that lot is removed from service... however if the failure is not considered hazardous then it get moved to a "Training use only" status. In other words training ammo is slightly more risky to use than active service ammo but the risk is supposed to be "May not fire off at all" but never "Might blow up on human contact". The thing is that sometimes there will be a round in an already identified as defective lot that has an unidentified problem making it even more hazardous than usual to handle normally.

This sounds like one of those rare occurrences (based upon the NBC report).
 
2013-03-19 09:45:21 AM
i.imgur.com
 
2013-03-19 09:45:46 AM
What kind of training was it?

www.bronxbanterblog.com
 
2013-03-19 09:46:24 AM

jobskee: Prayers sent


Ahh. Prayer. The best way to do nothing while thinking you're doing something.
 
2013-03-19 09:46:39 AM
Live by the sword, die by the sword.
 
2013-03-19 09:47:17 AM

HotIgneous Intruder: Live by the sword, die by the sword.


It was a mortar.
 
2013-03-19 09:47:53 AM
Meanwhile, at sea:
i527.photobucket.com
 
2013-03-19 09:48:25 AM
That is sorta funny... Marines killed at an Army base... Sounds like a cover up to me.
 
2013-03-19 09:50:47 AM

"CRUNCH ALL YOU WANT....WE'LL MAKE MORE...."


www.go-star.com

 
2013-03-19 09:51:42 AM

mbillips: What kind of training was it?

[www.bronxbanterblog.com image 710x464]


"Where's your drill sergeant, men?"

"Blown up Sir!"

"BLOWN UP SIR!"
 
2013-03-19 09:52:50 AM
In before inb4.
 
2013-03-19 09:53:17 AM
I live in Raleigh (NC) but am a member of a halau (hula school) in Fayetteville. I'm down there every weekend and usually it's pretty quiet during Friday night and Saturday morning practices but this past weekend the walls were shaking from the ordinance booms  the entire time at the rec center where we meet.

My halau sisters (all of them connected to Fort Bragg) said that the Marines were having joint exercises with the Army.  What's going on? Seems like there's an elevated level of preparedness going on.

/my condolences to the families of those killed in Nevada
 
2013-03-19 09:55:26 AM

Radioactive Ass: Old ammo is... old. The way that it usually works is new ammo gets tested by lot (ie a factory makes (x) number of ammunition items and say 1% of those (randomly chosen, not by the manufacturer) get used to make sure that they work, out of those lets say that the specs call for (n%) to work as advertised. In addition most ammo has a shelf life that has 3 steps that can be simply categorized as (will work, should work and unreliable, so get rid of it.). It's actually a bit more complicated than that but in essence that's how it works.

If a problem is discovered in the field then all of that lot is removed from service... however if the failure is not considered hazardous then it get moved to a "Training use only" status. In other words training ammo is slightly more risky to use than active service ammo but the risk is supposed to be "May not fire off at all" but never "Might blow up on human contact". The thing is that sometimes there will be a round in an already identified as defective lot that has an unidentified problem making it even more hazardous than usual to handle normally.

This sounds like one of those rare occurrences (based upon the NBC report).


Thanks for providing this intelligent commentary.

I would like to add that Hawthorne is basically where a lot of munitions from the Navy, Marines and Army gets stored for extended periods.  Depending on their training need, they'll ship it to training bases in the (usually) western states.  Ordnance typically goes over the road due to the extreme hazard from a mishap should something go wrong during transport in an aircraft.
Why you don't transport ordnance in planes unless you have to.
 
2013-03-19 09:55:55 AM

All Latest: Meanwhile, at sea:


Do you read this signage top to bottom  or  left to right?
 
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