Photos show damage from explosion in downtown Greensboro

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GREENSBORO, N.C. — Photos show the damage to a local hotel and parked vehicles following Sunday night’s explosion in downtown Greensboro.

Authorities were called to the scene of an explosion involving a manhole cover near the Biltmore Greensboro Hotel, located at 111 W. Washington St., around 8:30 p.m. Previously, officials said two manhole covers were involved.

Officials said no one was injured, but 42 windows of the hotel were blown out and several parked vehicles in the area were damaged.

Greensboro police said in a statement Sunday night they believed the cause of the explosion was related to the electrical infrastructure.

Crews from Duke Energy are trying to determine the cause of the explosion.

Duke Energy released the following statement on Monday afternoon:

“We are continuing to work with local authorities and other utilities to determine the exact cause of this incident. Investigations completed last night and today have yet to reveal the exact cause of the incident or to confirm that it was related to the electrical infrastructure.

“There were no immediate power outages associated with this event. Some customer did lose power for a brief period around early this morning while we de-energized some lines to inspect them for damage.”

Eugene, Elm and Greene streets were closed off between West Market and McGee streets, but have since reopened. The investigation is ongoing.

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