7 killed in C China mine blast

ZHENGZHOU: At least seven people were killed after a gas blast ripped through a nickel mine in Henan Province Wednesday, the local authority said Thursday. The government of Tanghe County in Nanyang City, the site of the accident, said it received a report at about 2:05 pm Wednesday, claiming that an explosion hit a ventilation shaft in a mining pit run by Shidai Mining Industry Co. Ltd.. Fourteen workers were exploring mining resources when the accident occurred. Aside from those killed, the seven others were injured including four seriously and had been hospitalized, according to the rescue headquarters. The headquarters said an investigation into the cause of the blast was underway. The company is engaged in exploring and mining non-ferrous metals such as nickel and copper.



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