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No injuries at Baltimore coal mine in US

03 January 2022

An explosion occurred at a coal facility in Baltimore, Maryland on December 30. No one was injured by the blast which was heard across the city. The incident happened at the CSX Curtis Bay Coal Terminal.

Image: Baltimore Fire Department
Image: Baltimore Fire Department

According to officials, coal was being transported through tunnels when the explosion happened. There were no contractors inside the tunnel when the blast happened. CSX has told news outlets that the cause of the blast remains unknown and that an investigation had begun.

All workers at the facility were quickly accounted for. No fire was caused by the explosion; however the site was evacuated so that fire crews could determine whether there was a risk of the tunnels collapsing.

Much of the damage caused by the explosion was limited to the coal facility itself, however some nearby residential buildings suffered damage including broken windows. The Baltimore City Fire Department was called to the scene at 11:30 local time but said that there was no sign of a fire and no sign of a gas leak. The fire department added that the blast was highly likely to have been a coal dust explosion and that it would help in the ongoing investigation.


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