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Death toll rises to 18 in central China colliery blast

2009-04-18 02:46:48 GMT2009-04-18 10:46:48 (Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

Injured people receive treatment in the People's Hospital in Yongxing County, central China's Hunan Province, April 18, 2009. (Xinhua/Zhao Zhongzhi)

An injured woman receives treatment in the People's Hospital in Yongxing County, central China's Hunan Province, April 18, 2009. (Xinhua/Zhao Zhongzhi)

Injured people receive treatment in the People's Hospital in Yongxing County, central China's Hunan Province, April 18, 2009. (Xinhua/Zhao Zhongzhi)

CHANGSHA, April 18 (Xinhua) -- Death toll has risen to 18 in a blast Friday at a detonator and dynamite warehouse at a coal mine in Yongxing County of Chenzhou City, central China's Hunan Province, a local official confirmed on Saturday.

There are three injuries and two missing in the blast.

Police were hunting for three shareholders of the coal mine, and cause of the accident was being investigated, said Xie Guanghui, head of the Yongxing County government. One of the three had been put under control, Xie added.

The blast occurred at about 3:30 p.m. at the Qingshanbei mine, leveling down the three-storey building where the detonators and dynamites were stored.

Police said the detonators and dynamites might be illegally bought and stored.

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