Deadly Blast in China

BEIJING (AP) - A warehouse explosion killed 18 people and
injured six at a coal mine in central China, state television said
Saturday.

The blast in remote mountainous Hunan province Friday afternoon
also left two missing.

Television footage showed the building was almost flattened by
the blast, with a truck 50 meters away bent out of shape.

The report said police are investigating whether explosives were
stored illegally in the warehouse at the Daling mine in Yongxing
county.

One shareholder of the mine is already "under police control,"
state-run CCTV reported, and authorities are seeking the other
owners.

Beijing has promised for years to improve mine safety, but
China's mining industry remains the world's deadliest.

A blast at the Tunlan coal mine in northern China's Shanxi
province killed 77 people in February, China's worst industrial
accident in a year.


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