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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
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    Richmond VA

    Explosion in Durham today?

    Apparently there was a gas leak/explosion in Durham: https://abc11.com/live-video-explosi...apsed/5241686/

    I hope everyone is safe...

    -ramdevil

  2. #2
    Quote Originally Posted by ramdevil View Post
    Apparently there was a gas leak/explosion in Durham: https://abc11.com/live-video-explosi...apsed/5241686/

    I hope everyone is safe...

    -ramdevil
    You just beat me to it. A buddy of mine just sent me some pictures. It's hard to imagine that no one was hurt.

  3. #3
    Looks like it was in the building adjacent (to the North) to Torero's.

  4. #4
    Quote Originally Posted by nmduke2001 View Post
    You just beat me to it. A buddy of mine just sent me some pictures. It's hard to imagine that no one was hurt.
    I believe 1 fatality and multiple injuries.

  5. #5
    Quote Originally Posted by nmduke2001 View Post
    You just beat me to it. A buddy of mine just sent me some pictures. It's hard to imagine that no one was hurt.
    At least two dead so far. Construction crew was digging and hit a gas main.

  6. #6
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    Feb 2007
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    Hot'Lanta... home of the Falcons!
    Wow... here is video from the famous 11-foot-8 camera that watches for trucks to run into that bridge. You can't see the explosion, but you sure hear it and feel it!

    https://www.wral.com/can-opener-brid...sion/18317909/
    I don't know what you are doing right now, but if you aren't listening to the DBR Podcast, you're doing it wrong.

  7. #7
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    Feb 2007
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    Durham, NC
    Word from folks who work in the area is that a lot of the surrounding buildings have windows blown out. Apparently, a contractor hit a gas line, called it in, a person at the coffee house Kaffeinate had just put a sign on the door saying they were closed b/c of the gas, people came streaming out of Torero's, and Kaffeinate blew up. Bad and scary situation. A firefighter is seriously hurt, too.

  8. #8
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    May 2010
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    Durham, NC
    Quote Originally Posted by aimo View Post
    Word from folks who work in the area is that a lot of the surrounding buildings have windows blown out. Apparently, a contractor hit a gas line, called it in, a person at the coffee house Kaffeinate had just put a sign on the door saying they were closed b/c of the gas, people came streaming out of Torero's, and Kaffeinate blew up. Bad and scary situation. A firefighter is seriously hurt, too.
    Local media is reporting only one dead now (was two before). Still seems miraculous. I guess there was some warning, which must have helped keep down the fatalities.

    Howard

  9. #9
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    Nov 2012
    Location
    Reston VA
    The explosion was the lead story on the CBS Evening News.

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    Email

    My alumni.duke.edu account is not working. Anyone else have the same problem.

    Thanks
    SoCal

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    Quote Originally Posted by SoCalDukeFan View Post
    My alumni.duke.edu account is not working. Anyone else have the same problem.

    Thanks
    SoCal
    Mine's working fine, if you still have issues.

  12. #12
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    May 2010
    Location
    Durham, NC
    Quote Originally Posted by Lord Ash View Post
    Mine's working fine, if you still have issues.
    Yep, mine works fine as well. I wouldn't think there was any connection to the explosion, as I haven't heard anything about a widespread internet outage.

  13. #13
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    Feb 2007
    Location
    Durham, NC
    They have upped the number of injured to 25 including 9 firefighters hit with shrapnel. Local restaurant owners have pooled resources to grill out and feed the responders.

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    Feb 2007
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    Raleigh, NC
    Apparently the explosion weaponized a lot of windows. Many of the injuries were from shattered glass.

  15. #15
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    May 2010
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    Durham, NC
    Quote Originally Posted by aimo View Post
    They have upped the number of injured to 25 including 9 firefighters hit with shrapnel. Local restaurant owners have pooled resources to grill out and feed the responders.
    I hope that the lack of news is good news. Apparently the building that St James Seafood is in has been condemned. Does that mean it has to be torn down?
    Last edited by -jk; 04-12-2019 at 06:37 AM. Reason: rumor

  16. #16
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    Feb 2007
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    6 miles from Heaven, 10 miles from Hell
    Quote Originally Posted by howardlander View Post
    I hope that the lack of news is good news. Apparently the building that St James Seafood is in has been condemned. Does that mean it has to be torn down?
    No, typically it means that it is not currently habitable and needs repairs.

  17. #17
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    Jul 2008
    Location
    Correct side of the Durham/CH border
    Awful. I am down there regularly and was just in Kaffeinate last Friday. Terrible, terrible, awful.
    “Coach said no 3s.” - Zion on The Block

  18. #18
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    Feb 2007
    Location
    NC
    Looks like the owner of Kaffeinate was the only fatality. He apparently ushered everyone out, called his kids to notify them he was closing up the store because of a gas leak... and didn’t make it out. Very sad.

  19. #19
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    Feb 2007
    Location
    Durham, NC
    Quote Originally Posted by CDu View Post
    Looks like the owner of Kaffeinate was the only fatality. He apparently ushered everyone out, called his kids to notify them he was closing up the store because of a gas leak... and didn’t make it out. Very sad.
    Not to turn this negative, but actually the owner refused to leave. A firefighter had just walked away to get a police officer to force him out of the building when it blew up. Yes, very sad. The adjoining businesses had only evacuated a few minutes before the explosion.

  20. #20
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    Greensboro, NC
    A friend of mine about a half mile away (the other side of Ninth St) said several people in her building felt the explosion.

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