Explosion in Chinese coal mine kills 50

Explosion in Chinese coal mine kills 50

An underground gas explosion in a Chinese coal mine killed at least 50 miners and left seven missing, state television reported Monday.

The explosion Saturday in the Linjiazhuang Coal Mine in Jinzhong, a city in Shanxi province, was under investigation, the report said. The official Xinhua News Agency said a preliminary investigation blamed the blast on airborne coal dust that caught fire.

The mine manager was in police custody, state television said on its midday national news.

China’s coal mines are the world’s deadliest, with more than 5,000 deaths every year in explosions, fires and other disasters.

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