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Gas blast traps 14 miners in SW China
Updated: 2005-07-27 12:55

Fourteen miners were reported missing after a gas explosion early Wednesday in southwest China's Guizhou Province, the local mine safety authorities said.

The accident occurred at 1:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Fengxiangpo Coal Mine, a village-run pit in Kaiyang County, on the outskirts of the provincial capital of Guiyang, said a spokesman with the provincial coal mine safety supervision bureau.

He said Fengxiangpo is a licensed coal mine which basically meets production safety standards.

Rescuers are busy searching for the trapped miners, whose whereabouts are still unknown.

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