An explosion stemming from a Dominion Energy subsidiary's natural gas line in downtown Durham, North Carolina caused one person dead and 25 people have been hospitalized, including nine Durham firefighters.
Wednesday morning at approximately 10:26 a.m., a gas leak was reported after a contractor drilled under the sidewalk, rupturing a 2-inch gas line. The following explosion destroyed one building and damaged several others, according to local police.
Firefighters had contained the fire as of around 2:30 p.m. and buildings near the explosion had been evacuated.
Dominion Energy said in a statement that a contractor, who was not its employee and was not working on behalf of the utility, was doing excavation work and dug into a natural gas pipeline before the explosion.