ENVIRONMENT

Hot day leads to premature detonation

HOT and reactive ground is likely to blame for a blast hole prematurely detonating while being prepared for a shot at a New South Wales open cut coal mine.

 One hour after the hole was loaded with emulsion, it prematurely detonated.

One hour after the hole was loaded with emulsion, it prematurely detonated.

There were eight personnel on foot and an additional three within machinery on the pattern. The minimum distance between the hole and personnel was about 100 metres. The shot hole was loaded on the...

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