Tank gun goes off unexpectedly on N.B. military base, 11 injured by blank round

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Gagetown, N.B. -

Military police are investigating what caused the main gun on a Leopard tank to unexpectedly fire a blank round, injuring 11 people at Canadian Forces Base Gagetown in New Brunswick.
Base spokeswoman Stephanie Duchesne says the incident happened during the last week of May when the tank was inside a shelter for repairs.
Duchesne says there was "a negligent discharge" of a blank round, meaning it happened either accidentally or because of human or mechanical error.
She says 10 soldiers and a civilian who were inside the shelter were treated for minor, hearing-related injuries before returning to their duties.
Duchesne says she believes the soldiers, who were taking part in a training exercise on the base, were all members of 12 RBC Valcartier in Quebec.
She could not say whether it is common practice for a tank's guns to be loaded while undergoing repairs.

Organizations: Canadian Forces Base Gagetown, RBC Valcartier

Geographic location: Gagetown, New Brunswick, Quebec

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