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Ten injured during artillery training at Fort Bragg

Posted March 15, 2011
Updated March 16, 2011

— Eight Marines and two Navy sailors received shrapnel wounds and deep cuts in an explosion at Fort Bragg Monday night while conducting an artillery live-fire exercise, according to Staff Sgt. Jayson Price.

Fort Bragg has not released the names of the Marines, who are with Camp Lejeune, nor the names of the sailors. Their conditions were also not available.

Two were taken to UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill, while the remaining eight were being treated at Womack Army Medical Center, Womack spokeswoman Shannon Lynch said. 

The units were firing 155mm ammunition, which can be associated with loud explosions and reverberations upon detonation. Fort Bragg is the closest military training area that can accept the 155mm weapons systems.

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Price said the firing has stopped until officials deem it safe to resume training, but it's unclear when that might be.

The explosion happened around 8 p.m. Monday and was being investigated. No other information was released.

Fort Bragg Public Affairs Office Benjamin Abel said Tuesday that the base focuses on making training "as safe as possible without diminishing the realism."

"The training that ours soldiers (and Marines) undertake must be as realistic as we can make it, because the tasks that we ask of them are so dangerous," he said. "We have had in the recent past training incidents that have resulted in injuries, but as each incident is so different, it would be difficult to find parallels."

In June, a contractor was killed, and a second contractor and a soldier were wounded during a training exercise at Fort Bragg.

Soldiers on Range 77 were taking part in tactics to help prepare units for overseas missions when that incident occurred.

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  • mattbhall04 Mar 17, 9:56 a.m.

    O and because you are so artillery smart, a misfire would not have shot out of the howitzer and landed anywhere. But I guess you know everything because you were with a 155 mm unit? What exactly do you think we r shooting out here genius?

  • mattbhall04 Mar 17, 9:51 a.m.

    Actually fort bragg issues ammo from wwII... our fault? I don't think so! Marines don't use "dumby rounds" their "soldier".

  • josephlawrence43 Mar 16, 5:40 p.m.

    Possibly a bad guess--but consider the possibility of a powder bag igniting prematurely...

  • josephlawrence43 Mar 16, 5:27 p.m.

    wral: I was just told that my post was a duplicate of a previous entry/ My question to you is--where the hell is the first one I sent???

  • Caveman93 Mar 16, 2:01 p.m.

    "The units were firing 155mm ammunition, which can be associated with loud explosions and reverberations upon detonation".... Ya don't say?

  • Kelondris Mar 16, 12:32 p.m.

    mattbhall04 - Sorry for your comrades! Praying for everyone there injured and not injured.

    For everyone else, remember we are human. We are not perfect in anyway and do make mistakes. It could be human error or machine error in this. But whatever the case, we learn and move on and support those who suffered from this.

    If you were born in America, you should support your troops. You don't have to agree with what they are ordered to do, but you should support them for keeping their oaths to this country and it's people.

    Just saying!!! Semper Fi!!

  • BubbaDukeforPresident Mar 16, 12:20 p.m.

    It's not the first time Marines have had problems with their artillery. When I was in the 5/113th Field Artillery (at the time a 155mm unit) back in the 90s, the Marines had a misfire that ended up in a family housing area.

    Perhaps Hall and his fellow Marines should practice with dummy rounds until they become proficient with their equipment. I suspect an investigation will reveal that procedures were not properly followed...or the rounds were made in China.

  • pat10 Mar 16, 11:55 a.m.

    Whenever I hear the noise, I say a prayer of thanks for the military personnel that put their lives on the line everyday to protect us.

  • jkca Mar 16, 10:33 a.m.

    Sorry about your comrades mattbhallo4 but who said anyone was mad about the noise? Again, there's no where in these posts that suggests that anyone is MAD about the noise they're simply stating facts about the noise, that's all.

  • mattbhall04 Mar 16, 10:13 a.m.

    Let me tell you first hand from being one of the Marines training out here right now from that unit that I'm at a loss of words from the majority of these comments.10 of my brothers have been in the hospital with most being serious injuries and you all sit at your warm and dry computer desk and whine... must be nice. For most of you get a life. And if you don't know exactly what happened (which none of you do) don't be ignorant and say stuff that's not true and start rumors. How many of you know the first thing about the M777A2 howitzer? Oh and your mad about the noise right? You ever have something blow up right in front of you besides part of your dinner? Please just pray for the Marines and Sailors and support us while we support you.

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