It’s certainly unusual to see a whole building explode, but that’s what happened with a Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant in Eden, NC in the early hours of Thursday morning. Surveillance footage from nearby drugstore Eden Drug captured an incredible explosion at the KFC around 12:30 a.m., reducing most of the restaurant building to rubble. Here’s video of the explosion via Roanoake, Virginia NBC affiliate WSLS 10:
NBC News’ Minyvonne Burke has more:
The explosion happened around 12:30 a.m. Thursday in Eden, which is about 35 miles north of Greensboro. Eden police said the fast-food restaurant closed between 10:15 and 10:30 p.m. and nobody was inside at the time it was destroyed.
There have been no reports of injuries, authorities said.
…Eden Mayor Neville Hall told NBC affiliate WXII in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, that he was several miles away and still felt the blast. He said residents and the store’s employees are lucky.
“It’s hard to see that and think you can be lucky about anything,” he said, noting that if the blast had occurred hours earlier, the restaurant would have been “packed with people.”
It’s good to hear that no one was hurt here, but that’s quite the explosion. And as per Burke’s piece, authorities are still trying to figure out the cause. That KFC is all but totalled, though, as the top photo from the Eden Police Department illustrates.