Explosion at KFC reduces fast-food restaurant to rubble

TODAY AT NOON BUT FIRST AND HAPPENING NOW, NEW VIDEO FROM SKY 12 SHOWING THE RUINS OF THE KFC IN EDEN JUST LOOK AT THE DESTRUCTION

A MAJOR EXPLOSION OVERNIGHT LEVELED THAT POPULAR FAST FOOD RESTAURANT MEREDITH STUTZ HAS BEEN ON THE GROUND GATHERING NEW DETAILS ALL MORNING SHE JOINS US LIVE FROM EDEN

STILL A VERY ACTIVE SCENE? MEREDITH: YES, AND SO FAR, NO CAUSE FOR THE EXPLOSION BUT THIS IS WHAT’S LEFT OF THE KENTUCKY FRIED CHICKEN HERE ON SOUTH VAN BURDEN ROAD-JUST PAST HIGHWAY 14 IN EDEN I’M SEEING AN EXCAVATOR STARTING TO TAKE DOWN MORE OF THE RESTAURANT ABOVE ME, YOU SEE THE ICONIC BUCKET OF CHICKEN BUT BELOW A PILE OF RUBLE NOW FILLED WITH QUESTIONS AS INVESTIGATORS TRY TO NAIL DOWN WHAT CAUSED AN EXPLOSION OVERNIGHT, NEIGHBORS ON BOTH SIDES OF THE STATE LINE DESCRIBING BEING WOKEN UP BY SOMETHING FEELING LIKE AN EARTHQUAKE >> YOU DON’T SEE NOTHING LIKE THAT, IT’S LIKE A MOVIE

>> A MOVIE FEATURING AMERICA’S MOST FAMOUS COLONEL AN EXPLOSION AROUND 12:30 THURSDAY MORNING, DESTROYED THIS KFC IN EDEN THANKFULLY, NO ONE WAS HURT-INCLUDING KFC EMPLOYEE CHRISTIAN JARRETT >> KNOWING THAT THIS COULD HAVE HAPPEN WHILE I WAS HERE OR ANY OF MY CO-WORKERS OR LIKE THAT, IT’S JUST TERRIFYING >> A SCARY SIGHT HE SAYS STARTED THE NIGHT BEFORE JARRETT WAS LEAVING WORK AND SAYS HE AND HIS CO-WORKERS, AND MANAGER SMELLED A GAS LEAK

>> IT WAS VERY FAINT BUT IT WAS ENOUGH TO GIVE YOU A HEADACHE ENOUGH TO GIVE YOU TO MAKE YOU A LITTLE QUEASY >> AND MAYBE A COUPLE OF HOURS LATER, I HEAR A LOUD EXPLOSION LIKE A BOMB ON TV, MAJOR LOUD RATTLED THE WINDOWS IN THE HOURS — IN THE HOUSE >> BRANDON OVERTON AND HIS GIRLFRIEND ATE A CHICKEN DINNER HERE HOURS BEFORE THE BLAST >> I GUESS WE’RE LUCK IT DIDN’T — LUCKY IT DIDN’T EXPLODE WHILE ONE OF US WAS IN THERE

>> THE FORCE OF THE EXPLOSION SHATTERED WINDOWS AND DAMAGED NEARBY BUSINESSES FIRST RESPONDERS-ALONG WITH DOT-AND ATF WORKED FOR HOURS USING A DRONE AND HEAVY MACHINERY TO SORT THROUGH THE MESS ALL WITH GRATITUDE >> IT’S HARD TO SEE THAT AND THINK YOU COULD BE LUCKY ABOUT ANYTHING BUT THE CITY OF EDEN ABOUT TWO YEARS AGO, WE HAD A TORNADO ABOUT ONE BLOCK FROM HERE AN IT LITERALLY LEVELED SEVERAL BUILDINGS BUT IT WAS A IN THE MORNING AND NOT ONE 3:30 AM

SINGLE INJURY >> ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN KFC’S ON THE GROUND NO CHICKEN TONIGHT >> A CHANGE OF PERSPECTIVE, EVEN IF IT MEANS A CHANGE OF MENU BEHIND ME, WE ARE HEARING THE EXCAVATOR TRYING TO TAKE DOWN PART OF ONE OF THE BACK WALLS MEMBERS OF THE ATF AND LOCAL FIRST RESPONDERS ARE TRYING TO SIFT THROUGH THE DEBRIS TO FIND THE ORIGIN OF THE EXPLOSION INCLUDING CHECKING PIPELINES

AS OF NOW, THE ARJUN OF THE EXPLOSION HAS YET TO BE CONFIRMED — THE ORIGIN OF THE EXPLOSION IS YET TO BE CONFIRMED SOUTH BEND BUREN WROTE WILL BE REOPENED TO THE PUBLIC THIS AFTERNOON DAVONTE: STILL A LOT TO SORT THROUGH THANKS MEREDITH , KFC JUST RELEASED THIS STATEMENT ABOUT THE EXPLOSION IN EDEN

A SPOKESPERSON SAYS IN PART, QUOTE, WE ARE DEVASTATED BY THIS INCIDENT BUT MOST IMPORTANTLY WE ARE GRATEFUL THAT ALL OF OUR RESTAURANT TEAM MEMBERS ARE SAFE AND NO ONE WAS INJURED WE WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE EDEN POLICE AND FIRE CREWS FOR THEIR RESPONSE AND CONTINUED SUPPORT THERE HAVE BEEN TWO SIMILAR EXPLOSIONS IN NORTH CAROLINA LAST WEEK IN CHARLOTTE, A GAS LEAK AT A HOME IGNITED, REDUCING THE STRUCTURE TO RUBBLE

A WOMAN DIED AND HER HUSBAND IS BADLY INJURED NEIGHBORS SAY DEBRIS FLEW EVERYWHERE AND SAY IT FELT LIKE AN EARTHQUAKE TWO PEOPLE NEARBY WERE HURT AS WELL AND 3 MONTHS AGO, A GAS EXPLOSION ROCKED DOWNTOWN DURHAM TWO PEOPLE DIED AND DOZENS OF OTHERS WERE HURT

THE DAMAGE IS STILL BEING CLEANED UP A CAUSE OF THE BLAST HAS NOT BEEN RELEASED BUT THE FIRE MARSHAL’S REPORT IS DUE OUT NEXT WEEK THOSE EXPLOSIONS HAS UTILITY COMPANIES REMINDING PEOPLE ABOUT THE POWER OF NATURAL GAS

IT’S A COLORLESS AND ODORLESS GAS BUT GAS COMPANIES ADD A SUBSTANCE TO IT TO MAKE IT SMELL LIKE ROTTEN EGGS UTILITY CREWS SAY IF YOU SMELL THAT ROTTEN EGG SCENT LEAVE THE AREA RIGHT AWAY WITHOUT TOUCHING ANYTHING

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