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philb Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-28-05 05:59 PM
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132. WCT2 firemen report jet sounds, tipling,explosions. What caused that sound
WCT2
Then as I looked up, I saw this helicopter hovering from in front of one of the buildings, it was the first one that was hit. Then all of a sudden I heard this huge explosion, I didnt know what it was cause nobody was telling me anything. I didnt know until we were called back to Chambers and something, Chambers and West Street, that it might have been a terrorist attack. I was this close to it, and I didnt know what was going on. After that I heard this huge explosion, I thought it was a boiler exploding or something. Next thing you know this huge cloud of smoke is coming at us, so were running. Everyone is, firemen, PD, everyone is running away from the World Trade Center, up Vessey Street.
This is North End, we was running around Vessey and around North end to get away from the first smoke. After the first building, I guess, I didnt know at the time that the building fell. After the smoke cleared, I went back, I was helping some people that were
covered in dust and stuff like that.


FIREFIGHTER JOSEPH MEOLA
WCT2
As we are looking up at the building, what I saw was, it looked like the building was blowing out on all four sides. We actually heard the pops. Didn't realize it was the falling -- you know, you heard the pops of the building. You thought it was just blowing out.

FIREFIGHTER CRAIG MONAHAN

WCT2
Then all of a sudden you heard something, and it sounded like a harrier jet was landing right over top of us. Sure enough that second tower was just coming straight down. When it sounded like the explosion stopped, the steel hitting, when it all seemed to stop, this just like a fire storm of wind and material, a sandstorm kind of, just came and wailed by, really flew past us quick.




FIREFIGHTER KEITH MURPHY FDNY
WCT2
I HAD HEARD A DISTANT BOOM BOOM BOOM SOUNDED LIKE THREE EXPLOSIONS RIGHT BEFORE THE LIGHTS WENT OUT. I DONT KNOW WHAT IT WAS. AT THE TIME WOULD HAVE SAID THEY SOUNDED LIKE BOMBS. THEN I WOULD SAY ABOUT 4 SECONDS ALL OFA SUDDEN THIS TREMENDOUS ROAR IT SOUNDED LIKE BEING IN TUNNEL WITH THE TRAIN COMING AT YOU. IT PROBABLY LASTED MAYBE 10 TO 15 SECONDS


FIRE MARSHAL JOHN MURRAY
WTC2
Like I said, we were standing there watching the north tower and not even paying attention to the south tower. Then you look up and it's like holy shit, the building didn't come down, it shot straight out over our heads, like straight across West Street. there is no way we are going to out run this thing. Everybody, asses and elbows, we ran south on West Street, turned the corner on Albany Street
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