Four Marines were killed Wednesday morning during a range maintenance operation at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, said Marine Corps officials. The accident occurred at 11 a.m. Wednesday and is under investigation. The identities of the Marines are being withheld pending notification of next of kin.
Base spokesman Cpl. Michael Iams said “The accident took place in their Zulu impact area designed for artillery and bombs dropped from airplanes.” This is the second time in two months that a Marine has been killed on a Southern California Marine Corps base. On Sept. 16, a Marine died and four others were hurt during a training accident at the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms. Cpl. Nicholas Sell, 21, of Eagle Point, Ore. was killed during an Integrated Training Exercise at the base.