It was rather reported by Authorities on Thursday, February, 16, 2017, that all small scale coal mines became suspended in China's Hunan Province. This suspension came following a fatal blast in which had killed nine workers at around 1:30am. It was rather stated that starting Wednesday, coal mines with an annual capacity of less than 300,00 tonnes will be suspended for two weeks in order to complete safety inspections. The blast which had fatally killed nine miners had occurred on Tuesday, February, 14, 2017, at the Zubao Coal Mine in Lianyuan City, Xinhu, China. At the time there was a total of 29 people who were working underground, in which 16 of them had manage to escape from the shaft, and 4 other became rescued, with three of them injured.