By Matthew Brooks
A KFC restaurant in North Carolina exploded, reducing the building to rubble.
There are no reports of any injuries.
The Eden, North Carolina police department is conducting an investigation. Authorities have not determined the cause of the explosion.
A television station in North Carolina, WXII, reports that 911 calls began coming in around 12:30 a.m. on Thursday.
— WXII 12 News (@WXII) July 12, 2019
The mayor of Eden, Neville Hall, was far from the KFC at the time of the explosion. He said he felt the impact of the explosion.
“I felt it several miles away and I understand it was felt even further away. It was a big explosion for sure,” he told WXII.
An employee of the devastated KFC told WXII that as he was closing up the restaurant on Wednesday evening he smelled gas.
The local natural gas utility, Piedmont Natural Gas, issued a statement saying that its technicians “thoroughly checked the lines to the KFC and in the surrounding area and found nothing unusual.”