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

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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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