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MSHA - Title 30 CFR
30 CFR § 57.22104
Open flames (I-C mines).
(a) Open flames, including cutting and welding, shall not be used underground.
(b) Welding and cutting shall not be done within 50 feet of a mine opening unless all persons are out of the mine and the mine opening is covered. The cover shall be a substantial material, such as metal or wood, topped with a layer of wetted material to prevent sparks and flames from entering the mine opening.