Brightleaf Square


Victoria Bouloubasis

On Thursday, exactly six months since the Brightleaf Square explosion that rocked downtown Durham, chef Matt Kelly announced he will reopen Saint James in the same location in January 2020. Read more



Sarah Willets

The state Utilities Commission is investigating how a gas line was ruptured, leading to the explosion. Read more

Durham County

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Photo by Sarah Willets

The seafood restaurant was condemned after an April 10 explosion nearby at Kaffeinate coffee shop. Read more

Durham County

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Sarah Willets

There were as many as ten people in the Kaffeinate coffee shop prior to the explosion. All but one—the owner, Kong Lee, who perished—were evacuated. Read more

Durham County


Sarah Willets

The explosion happened at Kaffeinate coffee shop on North Duke Street, causing the building to collapse. Read more

Durham County

Some vocal critics, informed by religious convictions, did not want a lifelike devil to become the face of their community. Read more



Photo by Justin Cook