Pennsylvania prosecutors say a coal miner risked a catastrophe and the lives of his co-workers by smoking a cigarette inside a mine.
The state attorney general's office today announced charges against 51-year-old Donald Adams Jr. of Spraggs for the August incident inside the Emerald Mine in Waynesburg.
Police say other miners smelled the smoke and that Adams was nearby. More than 100 miners were working at the time and there was methane gas in the mine.
Adams is charged with reckless endangerment, risking a catastrophe and violating the coal mine safety law.
Police say Adams was fired after admitting smoking to co-workers, but he denied it to investigators.
Court officials say Adams doesn't have a defense attorney on file. He was released on $50,000 unsecured bail.