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3 dead in blast at Chinese coal mine

Feb. 19, 2013 at 11:24 PM

BEIJING, Feb. 19 (UPI) -- An explosion occurred when police and mine workers were trying to destroy expired explosives at a China coal mine, killing three people, officials said.

The explosion Tuesday at a coal mine in Jinsha County in southwest Guizhou province also injured four others, three of them seriously, Xinhua News Agency.

Local sources told Xinhua the blast occurred when policemen from a local station and coal mine workers were destroying expired explosives.

Other details about the incident were not available. The report said the cause of the explosion was being investigated.

The injured were taken to a local hospital.

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