An explosion near the Kaffeinate coffee shop at 115 Duke St. in Durham, NC killed one person and injured 17 others. Workers in the area reportedly struck a gas line while excavating the street on April 4, 2019 causing a gas leak that likely led to the blast, fire officials said.
After receiving a report that someone smelled gas in the area, authorities and a crew from PSNC Energy had arrived to clear the area and warn residents when the massive explosion occurred. It flattened nearby structures and blew out windows for multiple blocks. A PSNC employee and at least one firefighter were among the injured.
PSNC has cut off gas service to the area while search and rescue efforts are underway.
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