First blast at Pike River killed most miners says Mines Rescue

The Pike River Mine EntranceThe NZ Mines Rescue Service believes the initial shockwave of the first Pike River explosion killed most of the 29 men underground immediately. The initial explosion occurred in the mine on November 19 last year. Lawyer for the Mines Rescue Service, Garth Gallaway, made the claim during the inquiry into the disaster this morning. Police Assistant Commissioner Grant Nicholls is giving evidence under cross-examination as inquiry continues into its second week. He was based in [...]

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Two men burned in explosion at joinery factory

A firefighter douses down after the container blast. Picture: SunLiveA Mount Maunganui joinery factory worker remains in Waikato Hospital today receiving treatment for burns he received during an explosion and fire at the factory yesterday, sunlive.co.nz reports. A second worker with minor burns was treated and discharged yesterday. The two men were checking a Hocking Street joinery factory’s dust extraction system at about 11am when the first explosion took place, says Tauranga fire senior station officer Phil Price. “That shipping container was [...]

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