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Police on scene at No. 9 Mine

Local police and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection’s Bureau of Mine Safety are the scene of an incident at No. 9 Coal Mine and Museum in Lansford, where a man believed to be armed has gone into the mine and refused to come out.

Mine personnel said the man told him he has a gun. They encountered him between 9:30 and 10 a.m. today. A lock was broken yesterday and police are not sure if it’s related to this incident.

He is on the second level, about 150 feet down.

Lansford Officer in Charge Shawn Nunemacher said the man has 200-300 yards north or south that he can move in that level.

The State Police special response time has responded as well other state troopers. Carbon County Emergency Management Agency is also on site. Air vents can be used to escape the mine so police are watching all the exits.

Officials are consulting maps of the mine, which has been evacuated.

Carbon County Detective Jack Soberick, said this is uncharted territory and is a careful preplanning process with the SERT team.

Police don’t know anything about the man, his name or where he’s from.

Dock Street is open during the incident.

We’ll post updates as they become available.

The Pennsylvania State Police Special Response Team prefers to the No. 9 mine. COPYRIGHT LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
A man has entered the No. 9 mine in Lansford and refuses to come out. COPYRIGHT LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS