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November 22, 2007

Where were you when you heard the Danversport explosion, and what was your first thought when you heard it?

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Bonnie A.



In my house. I thought a bomb went off or a plane crashed. Brian



At home in Salem we live in witcthcraft heights ,and I thought someone hit the back side of the house. Debra Gillooly



We live less than a mile up the road in Peabody near Treadwell's Ice Cream. Our house has been hit in the middle of the night by a car before and we have woken numerous times in the middle of the night by the loud sounds of car accidents in front of our house and on our front lawn. Our entire house shook. I awoke from a sound sleep and truly thought I would find a car or even an airplane in my downstairs living room, that's how loud it was. My heart was in my throat and my wife was nearly hysterical. After assessing that nothing had actually hit my house, I looked out my window and noticed flames leaping in the air and thought that maybe someone had lit a car on fire in the Bishop Fenwick parking lot. I hopped in my car to investigate and was really concerned to see what had happened as my sister and brother-in-law and my two nephews lived on Bates Ave. They never went back to their home and have since relocated to Arizona. Lucky for us only our basement windows we! re blown in. Not sure I'll ever forget the sound, the feeling, the devastation, the site of walking down Bates Ave to help my brother-in-law collect stuff from his crippled house. The closest I've ever been to a war torn zone. Brian Rich



I was in bed, the explosion moved the bed and the cat scampered away scratching me. My son was in the bathroom, my first thought and question was what the heck did he do in there! Then we went out to the living room and could see the fire in the distance. My daughter called me on the phone and said she and her friends were on line trying to figure it out. Eventually it was on the news.

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