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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?


shane swanton

i was home, in bed and thought my heating unit blew up. p

I was sleeping and thought a car had just hit my house. Brian

I was home and couldn't sleep. I got up and was using my computer when I heard, and felt the explosion. I thought something had slammed into the side of the house. I ran and got my fiance and made him check outside. I stayed up because I was scared and waited for the 5AM news. Tracie

sleeping in Bradford, Ma. I heard the blast and sat up knowing right away it was an explosion, having worked at Ventron in the 60's and 70's where there was a couple big explosions and fires. And Borregaard Synthesis in Newburyport where there was also a couple big booms. michael g beaulieu

I was rattled awake in my bed by the blast just two miles east of my home, over the water. My first thought was that a truck had hit the building. Then as I lay awake, I thought Boston may have gotten nuked. But in my half concious mind I reasoned that the electro-magnetic pulse of a nuclear blast would have taken out my clock radio, which was still functioning ... so I went back to sleep. Brian Hall

I was in bed with my wife on Cheever st when we were startled by the sound of our house rattling and our hallway ceiling collapsing. We thought it was an earthquake. Matthew

My husband & I were sound asleep at our home in Salisbury, MA. The explosion shook our home and we both shot straight up in bed and looked at each husband asking "WHAT was THAT!?"...we thought it was the Seabrook Nuclear Power Plant and waited for the alarms to sound, but nothing but silence followed. We both went back to sleep and figured, "well...if it IS the nuclear plant, it's too late now." When we saw the news the next day, we just could not beleive the explosion was so far away. I would have bet a million dollars that it was right here in Salisbury. With the magnitude of that explosion, the fact that there were no fatalities is just uncomprehendable.

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