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Yukon No. 2 Mine Explosion

Yukon, West Virginia
March 28, 1924
No. Killed - 26



See also:   Yukon Mine Explosion, Mar. 26, 1930
Yukon No. 1 Mine Explosion, Dec. 15, 1917
Yukon-Pocahontas No. 1 Mine Explosion, May 22, 1928

Bureau of Mines letters and Information Circular 6802 (15, P. 19)

The No. 2 mine, connected to the No. 1 workings, was in an isolated location.  Three miners taking a short cut to their working places through unventilated abandoned workings set off gas with their open lights at 7:23 a.m.

Dust was stirred up, and a violent explosion spread over much of the mine.  The mine was very dry and dusty although an attempt was made to water haulageways once or twice a day.

Of the 32 men in the mine, 26 were killed and 4 injured, and 2 escaped uninjured.  Rescue and recovery crews, with some apparatus, removed the bodies and restored ventilation.

Source:
Historical Summary of Mine Disasters in the United States - Volume I



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