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(LEAD) Main gun on K1 tank explodes during live-fire drill
SEOUL, Sept. 6 (Yonhap) -- The barrel of a battle tank gun exploded during a live-ammunition exercise early last month, Army officials said Monday, the latest in a series of similar accidents over the past two decades.

The explosion occurred on Aug. 6 at a military shooting range in Paju, north of Seoul, when a live artillery round detonated inside the K1 tank's 105-millimeter gun barrel, breaking the gun's nose apart, the Army said.
There were no casualties as no one was near the tank at the time, and four crew members inside the tank were also unharmed, it said.