Coal Mine Explosions: Seasonal Trends

Science  02 Mar 1973:
Vol. 179, Issue 4076, pp. 891-892
DOI: 10.1126/science.179.4076.891


An analysis of disaster reports on coal mine explosions indicates that gas explosions are randomly distributed throughout the year, whereas dust explosions (which may or may not be triggered by a gas explosion) occur with greater frequency during the dry fall and winter months. The lack of adequate moisture during cold weather tends to increase the rate and severity of the dust explosions.