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Incident at Sunshine Mine confirmed

Mon., June 2, 2014, 9:05 p.m.

Details unknown; some television outlets report at least one death

There has been an incident at the Sunshine Mine in North Idaho.

Authorities at the Shoshone County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that a call came in around 3 p.m. Monday afternoon. They declined to offer specific details.

KHQ television is reporting that a person has died.

The mine is under the process of reopening for commercial silver production.

It is now owned by Denver-based Sunshine Silver Mines.

Located in Big Creek, just outside Kellogg in the storied Silver Valley, the Sunshine Mine is noted for decades of prodigious silver production – 365 million ounces during more than a century of drilling and hauling ore to the surface.

It’s also has a notorious history as the site where 91 miners were killed by carbon monoxide poisoning in a 1972 mine fire. It ranks among the nation’s worst mining disasters.



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