Published May 25. 2023 09:00PM
by KELLY MONITZ SOCHA KSOCHA@tnonline.com
A man who broke into the No. 9 mine and refused to come out, has surrendered after more than 13 hours.
He was taken to the hospital.
David Eisenhower, 43, of Lehighton, set a fire in the defunct mine shaft that is now a museum but extinguished it before he met up with workers about 9:30 this morning.
He told them he had a gun and refused to come out.
The mine was evacuated and police were called.
Lansford police, Pennsylvania state police, the special emergency response team, Department of Environmental Protection, Carbon County Detective Jack Soberick and Carbon County Emergency Management Director Mark Nalesnik were on scene.
Eisenhower was on the second level of the mine, where water drips from the walls and it is constantly 50 degrees. There was one entrance out from that level, with the levels below him flooded.
Officials planned their action to remove him, studying maps of the mine. At about 2 p.m., SERT members went in to begin searching for him.
When they found him, he complied and came out.
He is being charged with burglary, criminal trespass and reckless endangerment.
Carbon County Emergency Management Director Mark Nalesnik stands at the entrance to the No. 9 mine attraction Thursday afternoon. KELLY MONITZ SOCHA/TIMES NEWS