Gov. McCrory Orders Flags Lowered After Marine Accident

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory is reversing course and ordering flags lowered statewide in honor of the seven Camp Lejeune Marines who died in a training explosion last month in Nevada.

The Daily News of Jacksonville reported Saturday that McCrory plans to attend a memorial service at Camp Lejeune on Tuesday and has ordered flags lowered that day.

The order reverses an earlier decision by his office to not lower the flags. A statement from McCrory's office released following the deaths said there was no "precedent for lowering flags for tragic military accidents."

The training incident occurred on March 18 when a 60 millimeter mortar tube exploded during a field exercise at Hawthorne Army Depot in Nevada. The blast also wounded seven Marines and a sailor.