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coal gas

(kōl gas)
A synthetic gas produced from coal and used for heating and in the production of methanol and ammonia; contains carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, and hydrogen; can cause death through asphyxiation as well as fire and explosion.

coal gas

A flammable, explosive, toxic gas produced from the distillation of coal. It is used for heating and lighting. Its principal constituents are methane, carbon monoxide, and hydrogen.
See also: gas

coal gas

a cause of poisoning where coal gas is still used because of its carbon monoxide content. Other heating gases are less poisonous and produce carbon monoxide only if they are burned in an inadequate oxygen supply. See also carbon monoxide.
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A 50-meter-high tank containing coke gas exploded Wednesday evening at the ironworks, injuring more than 10 people and sparking a fire that burned overnight.
The ironworks partially resumed production without using the exploded tank Thursday and is now checking whether coke gas can be supplied stably, industry officials said.
The processes of making steel plates and hot-rolled steel used coke gas, which was contained in a 50-meter-high tank that exploded Wednesday evening at the ironworks, injuring more than 10 people and sparking a fire that burned overnight.