Brookwood marks 20th anniversary of Alabama mine disaster
BROOKWOOD, Ala. (AP) – An Alabama community is marking the 20th anniversary of an underground explosion that killed more than a dozen coal miners in one of the state’s worst mining disasters.
The Alabama Miner’s Memorial Foundation planned a remembrance Thursday afternoon at a church in Brookwood, where the blast at Jim Walters Resources Mine No. 5 claimed 13 lives on Sept. 23, 2001.
The victims were working about 2,000 feet below the surface when a pair of explosions ripped through the mine, located about 40 miles southwest of Birmingham.
An investigation showed a battery charger ignited highly flammable gas in the mine, causing the blast.
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9/23/2021 12:55:14 PM (GMT -5:00)