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Winter thunderstorms light up WV: Lightning from storm implicated in coal mine explosion disaster

ABOVE: In this video image, the thunderstorm suspected of causing the Upshur County mine explosion lights up the sky in Charleston about an hour before the accident.

EXPEDITION VIDEO: Lightning from the Sago storm in Charleston: Watch Video Clip

TALLMANSVILLE, WV - Lightning from a round of unusual wintertime thunderstorms on Monday, January 2 is being blamed for an explosion at the Sago underground coal mine in Upshur County. 12 miners were killed in the disaster.

BELOW: Lightning in Charleston on Monday, January 2 from the storm that went on to cause the Sago coal mine disaster less than an hour later:

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