At least 18 people were killed and 12 others injured in a coal mine gas blast in northeast China's Jilin Province, officials said today.
The blast occurred around 1:26 pm (local time) yesterday at Qingxing coal mine in Helong City.
A total of 73 people were working underground when the blast occurred, and 55 of them were rescued, local authorities said.
Rescue work came to an end this morning, the state-run Xinhua news agency reported.
An investigation into the cause of the blast is under way.