BEND, Ore. (CBS Local) – Two people died inside a World War II-era tank at an Oregon firing range.

“This is a tragic day,” Deschutes Sheriff Shane Nelson told KTVZ-TV. “Two families lost loved ones, and our hearts and prayers go out to those that loved ones today.”

The tank had been a fixture at Central Oregon Shooting Sports Association range for several years.

Police say someone was taking a video when the explosion occurred, and investigators will carefully study that video for clues as to what caused the blast.

“There was a camera crew on scene, and they were filming the tank,” the sheriff explained. “As to what they were filming or why they were filming, those details haven’t been found out yet.

“One of the victims was still alive (when police arrived), and they were able to speak with that victim. Bend Fire Department did attempt life-saving efforts on that victim, but the victim died.”

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