Tuesday, January 12, 2010

NC port closed after containers are punctured

MOREHEAD CITY, N.C. (AP) — Officials in Morehead City, North Carolina, say some people close to a port where nine containers carrying a powerful explosive were punctured are leaving.

They have shut down the port and urged people to leave the area. Locals, however, say there’s no sense of panic. Drew Hall, speaking from a concert hall near the port, says she can see police lights, but says “Everybody is going about their business.”

Police are warning people near the port to stay away from windows and doors.

Authorities haven’t said how big the containers are or how they were damaged.

The town of 8,800 residents is home to one of the deepest ports on the East coast.

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