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Missouri Marine Killed in Camp Pendleton Explosion

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. -- A Marine from Poplar Bluff, Missouri is among four Marines killed Wednesday in a training exercise in California.
CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. -- A Marine from Poplar Bluff, Missouri is among four Marines killed Wednesday in a training exercise in California.

CBS affiliate KFVS reports Staff Sgt. Eric Summers, 32, was killed in the explosion at Camp Pendleton in southern California.

According to the Marine Corps, four Explosive Ordnance Disposal Marines, including Summers, were killed in the explosion around 11 a.m. Wednesday during range maintenance operations to dispose of unexploded ordnance in the Zulu Black impact area at Camp Pendleton.

KFVS reports Summers graduated from Poplar Bluff High School in 1999, and attended Three Rivers College before enlisting.  He spent 13 years in the Marines.

He is survived by his wife and two-year-old daughter.

Summers was an Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician assigned to the Explosive Ordnance Disposal Platoon, Airfield Operations Company, Marine Wing Support Squadron 372, Marine Aircraft Group 39, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, stationed aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton.

He joined the Marine Corps in July 2000, and was promoted to his current rank in October 2010.

The incident was the deadliest for Pendleton since seven Marines were killed in a February 2012 midair collision between helicopters along the Arizona-California border, said a military spokesman. Six of them were based at Camp Pendleton, California, and the other was from Yuma, Arizona.

The deaths are under investigation, the Marines said.



(KFVS and CNN contributed information for this report)
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