China Coal Mine Explosion Kills 17 Workers

An explosion at a coal mine in Hunan has left 17 dead and one injured. From AFP:

The blast happened on Saturday in Hunan province’s Rucheng county, an official with the provincial work safety bureau, who refused to be named, told AFP.

“Rescue work has ended,” he said, without providing further details.

According to the official Xinhua news agency, the explosion happened inside the pit where dynamite was being stored and there was also a build-up of poisonous gas.

A total of 18 people were working underground at the time, and one survived with injuries, Xinhua said.

Police and work safety officials are investigating the cause of the blast, the report said.

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