Four Marines died on Wednesday at Camp Pendleton while performing maintenance. Their identities have not yet been released, and the cause of the accident is under investigation.
There are just a few details available on the accident, which occurred at the Zulu Impact Area near the center of the base at about 11 in the morning. The Zulu Impact Area, Fox 5 San Diego explained, is "used for artillery and bombing practice." The Marines were conducting "a range maintenance operation" there, an exercise that reportedly involved clearing the range of unexploded ordnance. Brig. Gen. John W. Bullard, Commanding General, Marine Corps Installations West, released a statement on the incident:
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.