V.A. Skritsky

The author made the analysis of technical documentation and reports of fact-finding commissions involved in the investigation of seven methane explosions of the latest few years in underground coal mines of the Kuznetsk Basin. The article contains a detailed analysis of methane-air mixture explosions registered at Ulianovskaya and Antonovskaya underground mines. The author proves that explosions were caused by spontaneous coal combustion in mined-out areas.

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