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5 Marines fair, 1 serious after NV training blast

5 Marines fair, 1 serious after NV training blast

CREATED Mar 21, 2013

RENO, Nev. (AP) -- Two more of the Marines at a Reno hospital have been upgraded to fair condition while they recover from injuries suffered in a mortar blast that killed seven during a training mission on Nevada's high desert.

Only one of the six being treated at Renown Regional Medical Center remains in serious condition. Hospital officials said Thursday the other five all are now considered fair.

Seven members of the 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force were killed late Monday when a mortar shell exploded in its firing tube during an exercise at Hawthorne Army Depot about 150 miles southeast of Reno.

All of the soldiers were based at Camp LeJeune, N.C.

The explosion caused an immediate suspension of the use of 60 mm mortars by the Marine Corps. Troops in Afghanistan are exempted.