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Eden KFC Explosion Marks Third in North Carolina in the Last Three Months

In April, a gas explosion partially collapsed a building in Durham, killing one. Earlier this month, an explosion obliterated a home in Charlotte. Now, the Eden KFC.

GREENSBORO, N.C. — North Carolina has now seen three disastrous explosions just in a matter of months. The most recent is the explosion in Eden that obliterated a KFC restaurant.

Police say no one was inside the KFC restaurant, on Van Buren Road when it exploded early Thursday morning. Debris was scattered on the road and surrounding parking lot. Several nearby businesses were destroyed.

"We're just so lucky that this wasn't 12 hours different," said Eden Mayor Neville Hall." [If it happened] at noon, during the day, we'd have had a much worse situation. The main thing is no one was injured." 

KFC Restaurant In Eden Leveled After Explosion, Police Say No One Injured

Downtown Durham Building Explosion

On April 10, a deadly gas explosion partially collapsed a building in Durham and set it ablaze. The explosion killed one person and injured more than a dozen others, police said. 61-year-old Kong Lee, who was the owner of the Kaffeinate coffee shop, died after the building exploded in downtown Durham, police said.

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Durham Police Department spokesman Will Glenn said a contractor boring under a sidewalk hit a 2-inch (5-centimeter) gas line, triggering the explosion. Officials said that 15 buildings total were damaged. Eight to 10 people were evacuated before the explosion. 

Charlotte Explosion

Firefighters said a woman was found dead in the rubble after a home exploded near the Ballantyne Country Club in Charlotte on Tuesday, July 2. Emergency dispatchers received multiple calls from neighbors who felt the explosion. Fire officials said the explosion was felt several miles away, including at a nearby Publix, where some customers thought a bomb went off in the parking lot.  

 Interior gas leak identified as preliminary cause of Ballantyne home explosion

Charlotte Fire officials identified an interior gas leak as the preliminary cause of the explosion. They said the explosion was likely accidental. 

Additionally, this wasn't the first explosion in Charlotte. Firefighters said there was one in 2008 that led to fatalities, but the damage was isolated, unlike in this case.

Piedmont Natural Gas released a statement the following morning that stated their technicians tested and checked the Piedmont natural gas lines in the area, and no natural gas leaks on the lines were detected.

KFC in Eden Destroyed After Explosion

The explosion occurred at the KFC on North Van Buren Road. Video from WFMY News 2 viewers reveals the building has been leveled in the area.

Eden Police say they got a call around 12:45 a.m. about an explosion. Eden Police Chief Greg Light says no one was hurt and no one was inside the restaurant when it happened.

The blast damaged several surrounding businesses, including AIA Sweepstakes, Tee To Green Golf Shop and King’s Inn Pizza Parlor. The damage for most of those businesses included busted and broken windows.  

In a Facebook post, Eden Police confirmed it was an explosion. The surrounding section of the road will be closed as the investigation continues. 

KFC Restaurant In Eden Leveled After Explosion, Police Say No One Injured