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philb Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-31-05 11:28 PM
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143. WTC2- large explosion below plane impact area before the collapse
FIREFIGHTER WILLIAM REYNOLDS
WTC2- large explosion below plane impact area before the collapse

After a while, I was distracted by a large explosion from the south tower and it seemed like fire was shooting out a couple of hundred feet in each direction, then all of a sudden the top of the tower started coming down in a pancake. I remember my jaw dropping and just staring at it and Richard Banaciski, one of the firemen that was there, yelled "Run" and I turned and I started running into the parking garage of the Financial Center.
Q. Bill, just one question. The fire that you saw, where was the fire? Like up at the upper levels where it started collapsing?
A. It appeared somewhere below that. Maybe twenty floors below the impact area of the plane. I saw it as fire and when I looked at it on television afterwards, it doesn't appear to show the fire. It
shows a rush of smoke coming out below the area of the plane impact.
The reason why I think the cameras didn't get that image is because they were a far distance away and maybe I saw the bottom side where the plane was and the smoke was up above it.


FIREFIGHTER JOSEPH RAE
WTC2
We started walking north to just about the second footbridge, which would be 6 World Trade, and all of a sudden we heard the explosion and the building started to come down and I ran

FIREFIGHTER KEVIN QUINN
WTC2
Looking up at the towers and it looked like it just basically imploded. Then I guess the cloud came right at us and we got zero visibility, we couldn't breathe

FIRE MARSHAL SALVATORE RIGNOLA
WTC2
THERES AN EXPLOSION. ALL OF SUDDEN YOU COULD HEAR SOME WEIRD SOUND LIKE CRUMBLING ALL OF A SUDDEN EVERYBODY STARTS RUNNING. I WENT AGAINST THE ESU TRUCK AND ALL OF SUDDEN
EVERYTHING GOT BLACK THE WIND BLEW BY. MATERIAL FLEW BY.

EMT JUAN RIOS
WTC2
I was hooking up the regulator to the O-2, when I hear people screaming and a loud explosion, and I heard like sssssssss the dust like sssssssss So I come out of the bus, and I look and I see a big cloud of dust and debris coming from the glass through the condominium, the other building, and like, glass falling. So I just started to run, everybody ran, so I just ran. Our bus, it got totaled.
WTC1
when the second onewe heard it, and more dust came. Not debris, just smoke. All we heard was Ssssssss

FIREFIGHTER ANGEL RIVERA
WTC2
the chief told us go to the Marriott Hotel, go from the 14th floor up, search and evacuate all the floors. So we walk all the way up, no problem. Then we hear the explosion and debris falling.

PARAMEDIC DANIEL RIVERA
WTC2
Q. WHAT DID YOU HEAR? WHAT DID YOU SEE? A. It was a frigging noise at first. At first I thought it was a professional demolition, where they set the charges on certain floors and then you hear Pop Pop Pop Pop. Thats exactly what I thought it was when I heard that frigging noise. Thats when I saw the building coming down
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