Sky Eye 17 video shows extent of damage from explosion

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DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN/AP) — Video from Sky Eye 17 is giving us a new perspective of the explosion that rocked downtown Durham Wednesday morning.  

Durham Police Department public affairs manager Wil Glenn says a contractor digging under a sidewalk hit a 2-inch gas line, triggering the explosion. One person was killed and 15 were taken to area hospitals.

Eyewitnesses said they thought a bomb had gone off or an earthquake had hit after the explosion.

Police cars blocked the streets in several directions of the explosion. A thick acrid smoked hung over a shopping district near downtown Durham. Helicopters circled overhead.

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