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Man breaks into No. 9 Coal Mine, authorities remove him successfully

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Authorities in Lansford were called to No.9 Coal Mine earlier this morning.

A man broke into the mine and refused to come out, stating he was armed.

Officials tell us the man spent more than 12 hours in the coal tourist attraction.

Authorities tell FOX56 the suspect David Eisenhauer from Carbon County broke into the coal mine around 4am Thursday Morning. Workers noticed signs of a break-in, and smoke coming from the mine.

Pennsylvania State Police “SERT” team along with officials from the Pennsylvania Department of environmental Protection were on scene at the historic no.9 Coal mine in Lansford.

Authorities tell FOX56 this was a hazardous and dangerous operation considering the low temperatures, confined space, and total darkness.

At one point, David Eisenhauer told employees at the coal mine that he had a gun.

After not responding to authorities, a plan was constructed to remove Eisenhauer from the mine.

“It’s an unusual circumstance, I don’t know how many swat teams have actually deployed to deep mines to conduct an operation, this is outside everybody’s normal way of doing things,” said Carbon County Detective Jack Soberick.

“He is on a contained second level of the mine, theres no way out except for that one entre way. He can go, I believe they said 200-300 yards North or South, and a couple side entrances, but he cant he cant get out of there except for that one exit,” said Lansford Officer-in-Charge Shawn Nunemacher.

Eventually, around 4:30pm Eisenhauer was removed from the mine, and walked himself into the ambulance.

“The male does have several outstanding warrants, we have one officer that’s going down to keep him detained, until he is done being medically evaluated and released by the hospital,” Lansford Officer-in-Charge Shawn Nunemacher.

“They did not find anything on him, there is an officer down there with mine staff trying to recover anything he might have left down there,” he added.

According to Lansford Officer-in-Charge Shawn Nunemacher, there is no reasoning yet to why Eisenhauer was in the mine.

“Everyone is safe, no one got injured, no one got hurt, and so it had a successful outcome,” said Mark Nalesnik, Carbon County Emergency Management Agency Director

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Eisenhauer faces charges of burglary, criminal trespass, and reckless engagement.

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