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Dozens rescued after mine explosion in Germany

Two injured and 35 rescued following explosion

Firefighters arrive at the scene after an explosion at the Teutschenthal mine near Halle, Germany. Reuters/Marvin Gaul
Firefighters arrive at the scene after an explosion at the Teutschenthal mine near Halle, Germany. Reuters/Marvin Gaul

Dozens of people have been rescued following an explosion at a mine in eastern Germany on Friday.

Two people were injured in the blast which saw workers being rescued from safe areas hundreds of metres underground.

The explosion happened on Friday morning at the Teutschenthal facility, near Halle.

The explosion was caused by an explosive mixture of gases.

Around 35 people were trapped 700 metres underground after the explosion.

They were left in secure areas and supplied with oxygen.

Police said in a tweet late Friday morning that everyone had been rescued.

The facility, which employs 100 people, was a potash mine until 1982.

Mineral waste is now stored there.

Updated: November 8, 2019 04:38 PM

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