Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 27 August 2014

Detonators removed from blast mine

Experts have removed detonators from a mine where a workman was killed

Bomb disposal experts have removed a quantity of detonators from a mine where a workman was killed in a blast.

The Defence Forces were called to Lisheen Mines in Tipperary to make the area safe for gardai and investigators from the Health and Safety Authority (HSA).

A Defence Forces spokesman said several detonators were removed from the scene overnight on Thursday and destroyed in three controlled explosions.

The victim, Joe Fallon, a 47-year-old father-of-three, was originally from the nearby village of Two Mile Borris but had been living in Callan, Co Kilkenny.

A colleague, in his 50s, who was injured in the blast is being treated in Cork University Hospital.

Lisheen Mine is located between the villages of Moyne and Templetuohy and is one of the largest producers of zinc concentrates in Europe.

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