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Marines in Redondo Beach with grenades at Living Spaces triggers NCIS investigation

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The white Ram pickup driven by two Marines contained non-lethal grenades

Two Marines are being investigated by the NCIS after Redondo Beach police found non-lethal stun grenades in a pickup truck 150 miles from their base.

Officers located the white Ram 1500 in the parking lot of the Living Spaces furniture store at 1519 Hawthorne Blvd. after they got a call at 8:10pm Thursday about Marines driving around with explosives.

The call may have come from the two active duty Marines themselves because when two young women approached the men, they knew police were on the way.

"We went up to them, and we were going to tell them 'thank you for supporting our country', and we asked them what's wrong and they told us to get away from them... that something's wrong and we need to leave because the cops are coming," shopper Lisa Williams told KTLA.

Authorities cleared the parking lot and evacuated the nearby Target and Norstrom Rack stores near the Redondo Beach Galleria. Meanwhile the LA County sheriff's bomb squad using a robotic device determined that the grenades were relatively harmless.

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Helicopter collision kills seven Marines, six were from Camp Pendleton

Marine Corps AH-1W Super Cobra

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Marine Corps AH-1W Super Cobra

The Marine Corps announced Thursday that six of the seven Marines killed in last night's midair helicopter collision near Yuma, Arizona, were from Camp Pendleton. Both helicopters were from also from the San Diego base.

The exact location of the crash has not been identified, but it is believed to have occurred on the California side of the Yuma Training Range Complex, according to the L.A. Times.

Situated near the Chocolate Mountains, the training area offers helicopter crews a terrain and temperature similar to what they might experience in Afganistan. Officials said the seven were training for possible deployment.

Names of the deceased and squadron information will not be released for at least 24 hours per standard Marine policy. The attack helicopters involved in the crash were identified as a AH-1W Super Cobra and a UH-1Y Super Huey and were part of the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, whose headquarters is at the Miramar Marine Corps Base.

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