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Clean up underway in Charlotte after night of violence

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Danny Wilson and friends cleaning up around uptown Charlotte (David Whisenant-WBTV) Danny Wilson and friends cleaning up around uptown Charlotte (David Whisenant-WBTV)
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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

On Thursday there was a big effort to clean up the signs of damage caused by the violence that swept the area on Wednesday night.

Glass companies were busy replacing broken glass or putting up plywood.

Windows were broken at the NASCAR Hall of Fame, the Hornets team store, and several other places.

The Sundries convenience store will need more than just new glass.  Window and door glass was broken out and intruders went inside the store and carried off merchandise.

On Thursday morning workers were busy throwing out bags of trash and trying to make repairs.

In front of the Charlotte Convention Center taxis were lined up to take out-of-towners to the airport.  A trade show that had been going on ended early due to the violence, according to several participants.

“The convention, yeah, we closed two hours earlier than we were going to," said Derek Borgasano of Boston.  

Borgasano described a frightening scene on Wednesday night.

“A little chaotic, we’re here, trade show here until about 6:00 and then we were headed out for dinner, we had dinner plans at Aria and what we did, we decided to change those plans because we were a little nervous about heading over that way because that’s where we heard a little chaos might start," Borgasano said. "So we decided to go somewhere else and while we were at another place, the Carolina Ale House, we actually saw the police come and barricade the road, actually College Street, and at that point in time, once we saw that, we kind of skedaddled out of there, and as we were traveling back to the hotel, we’re staying at the Hampton Inn, we actually saw a few different scenes that weren’t very pleasant.”

Some of the folks taking part in the clean up were volunteers who said they were shocked at what happened, and just wanted to spread something positive.

“I’ve lived here my whole life and I’m not going to see it happen to my city," said Danny Wilson. “It’s really just about being positive when things are really negative, you have to always be positive, so if you spread love and you spread positivity, then great things can happen sometimes, keep it going man.”

There was a heavy presence of police and private security in uptown on Thursday morning.

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