By Mara Miller

On September eleven, 2001, terrorists hijacked 4 U.S. airliners: destroyed the dual Towers in big apple urban, one broken the Pentagon, and one crashed in a box in Pennsylvania. This ebook strains the occasions of that day, supplies the ancient history, and descriptions the stairs taken in reaction in order that readers will achieve an realizing of the awful assaults and their results.

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17 Nine minutes later, another bomb went off approximately 450 miles away. S. embassy in Tanzania. Witnesses described a low rumbling like a thunderstorm. Then there was an explosion that rocked the building. “It just went pitch black. There was … a strange smell, kind of an oily, gritty feeling in the air,” recalled Elizabeth Slater. ” The walls had fallen on top of her. 18 The two bombings killed 224 people, including twelve Americans, and injured more than five thousand. It was a “very well-coordinated, very well-planned attack—clearly not the work of amateurs,” said P.

This pulled the supporting columns inward. The walls lost the ability to bear the load. , the South Tower seemed to tremble and then it collapsed. The floors slammed against each other as they fell. 4 It looked like there were little explosions all the way down. The noise was deafening. “It started exploding,” said Ross Milanytch. He watched the tower fall from the nearby Chase Manhattan Bank. “It was about the 70th floor. ”5 The collapse took ten seconds. People ran for their lives. Smoke and ash flooded the streets.

In the lobby, firefighters directed the people coming out of the stairways. Flaming debris was falling from the building. It was too dangerous to exit through the main doors. 24 The police department’s Emergency Services Unit (ESU) also responded within five minutes of the strike. They set up a command post a few blocks away from the World Trade Center. The ESU was specially trained to help in situations where people were trapped by fire. Police Chief Joseph Esposito radioed a request for a level-4 mobilization.

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