MSHA Says Lightning Most Likely Cause Of Deadly Sago Blast

BUCKHANNON, W.Va. (AP) - A federal report says an abandoned pump cable deep inside the Sago Mine was the likely conduit for
lightning that touched off a methane explosion.
Twelve coal miners died in the January 2006 disaster at the
underground Upshur County mine.
A copy of the Mine Safety and Health Administration report,
obtained by The Associated Press, says lightning was one of three
"root causes."
Previous reports by the state and mine owner International Coal
Group also blamed lightning, but this is the first time a conduit
for the electrical charge has been mentioned. A report by the
United Mine Workers suggested the spark came from roof friction.

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