Marine released, 4 in fair condition, 1 serious after NV training blast

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Updated: 3/22/2013 1:43 pm
UPDATE 8:07P.M.: Another Marine has been released from Renown leaving 4 Marines in fair condition and one still in serious condition.

No word on the identity of the Marine released at this time.




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.

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