8 Oct 2008

Fatal coal mine explosion covered up

1:02 pm on 8 October 2008

Officials in Hebei province in north China hid a coal mine explosion in July that killed over 30 miners.

The Xinhua news agency reports over 30 officials and mine managers have been punished for covering up the explosion in Hebei province, just before the Beijing Olympics.

The blast was set off by illegally stored explosives in the mine shaft.