Explosion destroys Eden KFC

EDEN, N.C. — No cause yet in an explosion that leveled a KFC restaurant off Highway 14 in Eden.

Fire and rescue units responded to the location on North Van Buren Road about 12:45 after neighbors reported that the blast shook their homes. No one was inside the KFC and no one was injured; however, the explosion left the road and the parking lot littered with debris. The building was destroyed and just the KFC sign was left untouched.

Energy and natural gas crews arrived shortly after the blast, along with Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives officers and the State Fire Marshal.

Eden police posted that all lanes of Highway 14 around the restaurant will be closed for an extended period as they investigate.