Methane explosions and endogenous fires in under-ground coal mines of Kuzbass: main causes and prevention opportunities.

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.