September 18, 1992: Bomb Kills 9 Strikebreaking Gold Miners

On September 18, 1992, a bomb exploded in a Canadian gold mine called Giant Mine during a labor dispute, killing nine replacement workers

By Gina Tron

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On September 18, 1992, a bomb exploded in a Canadian gold mine called Giant Mine during a labor dispute, killing nine replacement workers. Since 1935, gold was mined from Great Mine, located north of Yellowknife in the Northwest Territories. But in 1992, it was the epicenter for a heated labor dispute. On this day, an explosion went off 750 feet underground, in a mine drift.

Nine strikebreakers riding in a man-car died in the blast. Mine employee Roger Warren planted the bomb and was later convicted in 1995 for nine counts of second degree murder.  

Warren confessed to the bombing, and blamed poor security, his union and the company that owned the mine for provoking him. The strike ended in 1993. The families of the replacement workers killed in the explosion won a civil suit for $10 million, but in 2008 the Northwest Territories Supreme Court overturned the ruling.

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