4 Marines Killed in Camp Pendleton: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

Four U.S. Marines have been killed in what’s been described as a “tragic accident,” reports NBC Los Angeles.

The accident happened at the Zulu Impact Area, a space reserved for artillery and bombing training, reports Fox 40.

Here’s what you need to know:

1. The Base Are Not Saying What Happened

The exact details of the accident are unknown but what is known is that it happened at 11 a.m. local time. CBS Los Angeles reports that the accident is under investigation.

There are rumors that some sort of explosion occurred at the base. The accident happened during a range maintenance operation, this could be, according to 1st Lt. Ryan Finnegan:

…could be everything necessary to keep the range clear and safe to use, in an area where we fire artillery and drop bombs from aircraft.

According to base’s noise advisory that is published online, two high explosive mortar and artillery exercises were planned for November 13:

Camp Pendleton California Marines Killed US Marines Dead in Camp Pendleton Robot Accident.

2. The Marines Have Not Been Named

The names of the deceased will be named within 24 hours after next of kin are notified. There were no other injuries in the accident, reports 10 News.

3. The Base Have Released a Statement

A statement has been released from Brig. Gen. John W. Bullard, Commanding General, Marine Corps Installations West – Marine Corps Base Camp Pendelton saying:

We offer our heartfelt prayers and condolences to the families of the Marines lost today in this tragic accident. Our first priority is to provide the families with the support they need during this difficult time.

4. The Base Became the First to Use a New Military Robot Today

Earlier today it was reported that a group of soldiers in Camp Pendelton would be first in the military to use a new “robotic mule,” shown here:

5. News of the Accident Resulted in an Outpouring of Emotion on Twitter