China mine blast kills 6, injures 2

BEIJING, June 19 (UPI) — A gas blast ripped through a coal mine in Guizhou Province in southwest China Friday, killing six and injuring two, a local work-safety regulator said. The provincial work-safety administration told China’s state-run Xinhua news agency eight men were working underground when the explosion hit the Tianwan Coal Mine at 11:20 a.m. local time. Six were pronounced dead at the scene and two were hospitalized. The mine is privately owned, Xinhua said, and was undergoing technological improvements at the time of the blast.

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