Overnight explosion levels North Carolina KFC restaurant


Courtesy: Eden Police Department

EDEN, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina police say nobody was inside a KFC restaurant when it was destroyed in an overnight explosion.

Police responded to the blast in Eden, North Carolina, around 1 a.m. Thursday. Eden Police photos show the collapsed building with debris scattered on the road and throughout the parking lot. Just the KFC sign was left untouched.

Eden Fire and Eden PD are on scene on Highway 14 in Eden at Kentucky Fried Chicken due to an explosion. Officials are early in their investigation and there are no further details at this time.

Posted by Eden Police Department on Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Investigators say they believe nobody was inside at the time. Police haven’t said what may have caused the explosion.

WCNC reports energy and natural gas crews arrived shortly after along with Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives officers and the State Fire Marshal.

Eden police posted that all lanes of Highway 14 around the restaurant will be closed for an extended period as they investigate.

North and South bound lanes of Van Buren Road / Highway 14 between Moore Street and Stadium Drive are closed. This roadway will be closed for an extended period of time. Please avoid the area if possible.

Posted by Eden Police Department on Thursday, July 11, 2019

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