North Carolina city celebrates 150th anniversary, plans to honor victims of deadly gas explosion


Smoke billows from the scene of an explosion and fire in downtown Durham, N.C. Wednesday, April 10, 2019. (Hanna Davison/The News & Observer via AP)

A North Carolina city is celebrating its 150th anniversary while honoring the victims of a fatal explosion that happened on its birthday.
Durham on Saturday kicks off a year of celebrations marking 150 years since the one-time railroad depot between Raleigh and Hillsborough became a city unto itself on April 10, 1869.
That anniversary was Wednesday, the same day that a gas line explosion killed a coffee shop owner and injured 25 people, including nine firefighters.
Celebration organizers say that Saturday’s celebration will remember the victims and honor the heroic response of police, firefighters and medics.

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