UPDATE: Ten From Camp Lejeune Injured At Fort Bragg Explosion

Five military service members remain in the hospital recovering from injuries sustained in an explosion at Fort Bragg.

Half of the 10 people injured in Monday's blast have been released from the hospital.

Military officials have refused to release the names of those who were injured or provide detailed descriptions of the injuries. Staff Sgt. Jayson Price of the 2nd Marine Division says there are several ongoing investigations to determine the cause of the incident.

The explosion occurred inside a howitzer during live-fire exercises at Fort Bragg. The service members were all based at Camp Lejeune and included eight Marines and two Navy personnel.

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Eight Marines and two sailors from Camp Lejeune were injured after an explosion at Fort Bragg Monday night.

The Marines were part of the 10th Marine Regiment and were conducting a live fire exercise at Fort Bragg with 155mm howitzers. Two of the injured were taken via helicopter to UNC-Chapel Hill and the other eight taken to Womack Army Medical Center. The Army says the majority of the injuries were shrapnel wounds and cuts.

Fort Bragg says the Marines were conducting their annual spring artillery training with 155mm rounds since March 9th.

Lejeune officials say while Camp Lejeune "facilitates 155MM shoots all the time," artillery units from the Jacksonville base "routinely train at Ft. Bragg because it provides a different venue and has a bigger impact area."

For now the training has been halted and the accident is under investigation.

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  • by Former Sarg Location: New Bern on Mar 17, 2011 at 08:15 PM
    There are a number of ways that this could have happened; most of which are likely the result of negligence on behalf of the section chief. I hope that all involved fully recover soon.
  • by eric here on Mar 16, 2011 at 05:48 AM
    that sucks training accidents r never fun
  • by Nat Fahy Location: Camp Lejeune Public Affairs on Mar 15, 2011 at 08:54 AM
    This is erroneous. Camp Lejeune facilitates 155MM shoots all the time. Artillery units from here routinely train at Ft Bragg because it provides a different venue and has a bigger impact area.

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