JavaScript must be enabled in order for you to use the Site in standard view. However, it seems JavaScript is either disabled or not supported by your browser. To use standard view, enable JavaScript by changing your browser options.

| Last Updated:: 01/06/2015

Khost Colliery on 16.6.1908


Khost Colliery, Nadir Khan Mine


Date of the Accident - 16.6.1908
Number of persons killed - 20
Owner - North Western Railway
Place - Baluchistan


This was the first mine explosion in India on record. The explosion occurred in a thin and steep seam (only 75 cm thick, dip 53°) which depended only on natural ventilation. The coal had high volatile matter (45%) and gas had occasionally been found in the workings. Un-bonneted Clanny flame safety lamps were in use throughout the mine. Inquiry into the accident revealed that the explosion was caused by an ignition of firedamp by a damaged flame safety lamp and was propagated throughout the mine by the agency of coal dust.