>FORT BRAGG, N.C., March 15 (UPI) -- Ten military personnel were injured when an artillery cannon exploded at Fort Bragg, N.C., a U.S. Marines spokesman said.

>An apparent in-bore explosion of an M777A2 -- a new lightweight howitzer cannon that fires 155mm artillery rounds -- occurred during a live-fire exercise, injuring eight Marines and two Navy personnel, The Fayetteville (N.C.) Observer reported.

>The Marines have halted all firing "until safe training can resume," Staff Sgt. Jayson Price, a spokesman for the base, said.

>Two of the injured troops were flown to University of North Carolina hospitals in Chapel Hill, and eight were taken to the Womack Army Medical Center emergency room.

>The troops were part of Camp Lejeune's 10th Marine Division (Lrn2REGIMENT lol), a unit of which travels to Fort Bragg every spring for artillery training, Price said.

>The Marines have been using the M777A2 since 2009.

>The new weapon weighs less than half that of a traditional howitzer and can fire precision-guided rounds that can be programmed to land within 30 feet of a target more than 25 miles away, the Observer reported.

>布拉格堡,北卡罗来纳州,3月15日(合众国际社) - 十大军事人员受伤时,一炮炮在布拉格堡,北卡罗来纳州,引爆了美海军陆战队发言人说。

>一个明显的口径的M777A2爆炸 - 一个新的轻型榴弹炮155毫米大炮炮弹触发 - 在一次实弹演习发生,打伤两名海军陆战队员和八名人员,费耶特维尔(北卡罗来纳州)观察员报告。











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