Wednesday 16 August 2017

Two people killed in Second World War tank at US firing range

A World War II-era tank exploded at a public gun range in Oregon Tuesday killing two people. In this photo, dated May 14, 2004, a visitor strolls past the remains of a tank and tank traps on Utah Beach in Normandy ahead of ahead of the 60th anniversary of the World War II allied landings. Reuters/Mal Langsdon
A World War II-era tank exploded at a public gun range in Oregon Tuesday killing two people. In this photo, dated May 14, 2004, a visitor strolls past the remains of a tank and tank traps on Utah Beach in Normandy ahead of ahead of the 60th anniversary of the World War II allied landings. Reuters/Mal Langsdon

Two people have died in an explosion inside a Second World War-era tank at a firing range in Oregon.

Police say the explosion occurred on Tuesday afternoon at a public gun range east of Bend. Paramedics tried to revive the victims but they died from their injuries.

The authorities say there is no risk to the public.

KTVZ-TV showed the tank in a field.

Detectives from the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office and the Oregon State Police Arson and Explosives Section are jointly investigating.

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