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Durham reacts: Explosion information and photos were shared across social media

Firefighters battle blaze in Durham building after explosion

Firefighters attempt to put out a fire caused by an explosion and collapse near Brightleaf Square area of Durham on Wednesday, April 10, 2019. One person is dead and 15 have been taken to the hospital.
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Firefighters attempt to put out a fire caused by an explosion and collapse near Brightleaf Square area of Durham on Wednesday, April 10, 2019. One person is dead and 15 have been taken to the hospital.

In Durham on Wednesday, people tracked a fatal gas explosion near Main Street through social media.

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Police and fire officials were in the area of Duke and Morgan streets in response to a gas leak. People are asked to avoid the area.

Rebecca Fiorentino, assistant director of Duke’s Blue Devil Network, tweeted from Duke University about the blast at 115 N. Duke St.

A widely circulated photo from the scene shows a leveled building.

Laura Sell, a publicist at Duke University Press, posted a photo of damage at the Federal restaurant and bar at 914 W. Main St.

The News & Observer’s Drew Jackson shows windows from Shooters blown out from the explosion.

Sepp Helgeson tweeted a photo taken near Posh salon: “Huge concussive energy, then the smoke...”

Adam Wax, an engineer and Duke professor, posted from Duke labs at The Chesterfield building at 701 W. Main St.: “Gas leak caused explosion in downtown Durham. Our labs at #Chesterfield were not damaged but utilities are off and everyone evacuated. No injuries from #BIOSlab or #Lumedica

Watch the view from a remote camera mounted to watch a Durham bridge as it shakes violently when Durham building explodes blocks away Wednesday April 10, 2019.

On Instagram, Pilar Timpane posted a photo of downtown Durham workers evacuating their offices after the explosion.

Citizens are alerted to demands that the fire respodunse is having to Durham’s water supply.

An Instagram post from November 2016 shows members of the Lee family, owners of the Kaffeinate coffee shop destroyed in the explosion.

Rebekah Miel, a member of the Durham Mayor’s Council for Women, started a GoFundMe to help victims of the explosion.

Facebook offered a way for people in Durham to mark themselves safe, to let friends and relatives know they are OK.

Bull City Rumble posted about The Ingram Collection of classic Porsches in the destroyed Prescient building (formerly known as the Studebaker building).

The Durham Veterans Administration Health Care Center posted on Facebook that all employees of their Legacy Tower building, two blocks from the explosion, were OK.

Durham writer Venus Bradley shared this video on Twitter:

Christian Leonard captured this video from the top of a nearby parking deck.

The City of Raleigh tweets that Raleigh Fire Department has sent HazMat and search and rescue teams to Durham.

Firefighters work to extinguish flames created by a gas explosion on N. Duke St. in downtown Durham on Wednesday, Apr. 10, 2019. As of 12:45 p.m. the blast killed at least one person and injured 15.

WFMY meteorologist Tim Buckley tweeted an image of Durham’s explosion as it showed up on the weather radar.

A thoughtful tweet from the Rose’s Meat Market and Sweet Shop, which is across the street from Kaffeinated coffee shop.

First responders continue to go through the rubble left by an explosion near Brightleaf Square in Durham on Wednesday, April 10, 2019. City officials spoke to the media about the on-going efforts to secure the area and make sure all are safe.

The Regulator Book Shop on Ninth Street in Durham offered its space as a place for people to sit together and find comfort.

Duke Chapel tweeted that it would be open until 10 p.m. Wednesday night for prayer, meditation and reflection.

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Brooke Cain is a North Carolina native who has worked at The News & Observer for more than 20 years. She writes about TV and local media for the Happiness is a Warm TV blog, and answers CuriousNC questions for readers.
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