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Faculty, staff, and students in nearby downtown buildings have been evacuated for their safety. People are asked to continue to avoid the area.

Several injuries of Duke employees from shattered glass have been reported, and those individuals have been treated or transported for care.

Duke Energy will be conducting tests of the power grid downtown as a result of the explosion this morning. The tests will result in power outages for an undetermined amount of time for buildings such as the American Tobacco Campus. Employees in impacted buildings should check with their management team for specific instructions.