Four U.S. Marines were killed aboard Camp Pendleton Wednesday morning during a range maintenance operation, base officials confirmed.
According to Camp Pendleton officials, the deadly incident happened around 11 a.m. At this point, few details have been released about what actually occurred.
NBC News reports that a U.S. military official said the incident involved the detonation of some unexploded ordnance on a range at the base.
Officials said the identities of the deceased Marines will be released within 24 hours of the notification of their families.
Brig. Gen. John W. Bullard, Commanding General, Marine Corps Installations West - Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, released the following statement Wednesday:
"We offer our heartfelt prayers and condolences to the families of the Marines lost today in this tragic accident. Our first priority is to provide the families with the support they need during this difficult time."
The cause of the incident is under investigation. Check back for updates on this developing story.
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