West Main Street reopens after deadly Durham explosion

Durham County News
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DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) — Authorities Thursday night reopened a key street after a deadly gas explosion in Durham on Wednesday morning.

Crews sent a street sweeper through West Main Street Thursday evening to clean up glass and debris from the explosion, which killed coffee shop owner Kong Lee and injured 25 others.

Around 10:15 a.m. Wednesday, a huge explosion rocked downtown Durham and sent thick, black smoke billowing into the sky. The smoke could be seen for miles and actually showed up on Doppler radar in the CBS 17 weather center.

Durham police said that Durham firefighters were sent to a gas leak call in the 100 block of N. Duke Street at 9:38 a.m. A contractor was boring under the sidewalk and struck a 2-inch gas line.

At 10:07 a.m., Dominion Energy and the Durham Fire Department were investigating the leak when the explosion happened, police said.

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