Depot stores and disposes ammunition, holds long term storage
RENO, Nev. – An official at the Hawthorne Army Depot says an explosion has occurred during a Marine Corps training exercise.
Russ Collier told KRNV-TV in Reno that the explosion Monday night was an accident unrelated to the ammunition that is stored at the military facility near the small desert community of Hawthorne.
There was no immediate information of any injuries. Calls to the depot and to U.S. Joint Munitions Command, which oversees the facility, were not immediately answered.
The depot is about 140 miles southeast of Reno. The Mineral County sheriff's office says it does not have any details.
The Hawthorne Army Depot stores and disposes of ammunition, and provides long-term storage for industrial plant equipment. The facility is comprised of hundreds of buildings spread over more than 230 square miles.