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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Mine Blasts Kill 2

MOSCOW () -- Two separate methane gas explosions, apparently caused by safety violations, killed two and injured eight coal miners in the Kuznetsk region of southern Siberia, Itar-Tass has said.

One explosion, which killed one and injured six miners, occurred Friday night in Prokopievsk, near the regional center of Kemerovo.

Itar-Tass said engineers conducting a planned blast to expose coal deposits committed "gross violations" of safety by not checking the amount of methane and keeping workers around the site.

In the second incident Saturday morning, a mine expert caused a methane explosion when he decided to destroy some outdated explosive materials by a blast, it said. The underground blast in Kiselyovsk, also near Kemerovo, killed one and injured two people.