The World : Polish Mine Blast Kills 17

A gas explosion ripped through a coal mine in southern Poland, killing 17 miners and injuring eight, the official news agency PAP said. Another worker was reported missing in the blast at the Welbrzych mine, near Katowice, the news agency said. The explosion, reportedly caused by methane gas, occurred at a depth of almost 600 feet, where 26 miners were doing machinery maintenance, PAP said. Authorities declared today a mourning day for all Welbrzych province, and a special commission was formed to investigate the cause of the accident, PAP said.

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