Montana Mine Reopens Following Report of Smoke

June 27, 2011

The Mine Safety Health Administration early Saturday lifted an evacuation and closure order for the Stillwater mine near Columbus a day after the mine was evacuated after smoke was reported at the underground platinum mine.

Amy Louviere with the Mine Safety Health Administration says the mine has reopened.

All of the miners made it to the surface on Friday and no injuries were reported. Louviere says a mine rescue team reached the source of the smoke and found a broken hydraulic hose that sprayed fluid on a piece of machinery.

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