Seven killed in China coal mine blast
Seven people were killed and two others injured in a coal mine gas blast in southwest China, local officials said today.
The explosion took place today at Shibanpo Coal Mine in Jinsha County in Guizhou Province, they said.
Thirty-one miners were working underground when the blast occurred, the local government said.
According to state-run Xinhua news agency, preliminary investigation indicated that the cause of the explosion was a sealed shaft that was opened without permission.
Shibanpo is a private coal mine with an annual output of 300,000 tonnes.