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Posted: 2019-11-08 10:07:00

At least two people were injured and at least 30 people were trapped underground after an explosion at a mine in eastern Germany on Friday, according to police and local media.

The workers escaped to a secure underground area, police said.

The former potash salt mine was shut down in 1982 and has since been converted into a backfill mine, according to the operator. Workers fill in the cavities left by 80 years of mining, disposing of mineral waste and protecting the surface from collapse.

Since the beginning of 2008, the Teutschenthal mine has been a subsidiary of the Geiger Group.

Regional broadcaster MDR reported the fire brigade had already begun work to extract the workers. It reported the two injured people have been taken to hospital. 

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