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Posted: Saturday, October 19, 2013 8:00 pm | Updated: 10:18 am, Sun Oct 20, 2013.

State Mining Inspector Terence Foreback blames the 1913 Dawson mining disaster on a lack of awareness at the time about the dangers of coal-dust explosions.

He says methane gas, rather than coal dust, was thought to cause most underground coal-mine explosions 100 years ago, and the state mining inspector at the time thought the Dawson mines were safe because they generated little methane gas.

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