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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?


Christine Masiello

I can see the Gas tank near the Beverly Bridge from my bedroom window. My first thought was it went KABOOM. I knew something big exploded but the Girlfriend said it was just thunder. Jim

I live in the Goat Hill section of Beverly and my third floor bedroom window faces the Kernwood Bridge (towards Danversport). Being asleep, I first thought it was a loud thunder crack that that jolted me out of a sound sleep. I have a skylight above my bed and also saw the flash of light through my closed eyes. My house shook for a good 5-10 seconds. Being in a sleepy daze I decided to go to the bathroom and I kept thinking that someone had hit the house, but because I was half asleep I would let the downstairs neighbors deal with it (how thoughtful of me, haha). As I walked back to bed I happened to glance out my skylight and saw this orange glow and black, black smoke. I am visually impaired without glasses or contacts, so for me to be able to decipher anything but the darkness of night, I knew something was wrong. I put on my glasses and could NOT believe my eyes. This enormouse ball of fire was leaping from the sky. I sent late night text messages to all my friends in the Ryal Side area asking if they were alright because all I could think of was someone's house exploded and the poor people had no chance of getting out alive. I sat there with a heavy heart for quite sometime just watching in awe. I eventually found out (within an hour) that a chemical plant had blown up and not a house. I was very glad to hear it was not someone's home, but I can never forget the profound sadness I felt just thinking of anyone who may have been injured without any sort of warning. It is an image I will never forget and I am so happy no one was hurt or killed. I have cracks that formed in the walls of my house as a result of the blast. It is truly something I will never forget and I am all the way down the river from those most closely affected.Erin Scanlon

I was in bed sleeping when I heard the explosion. I was a drawn-out noise which I thought was a very low flying 747. Brian

I was in bed asleep in my apartment on Pickering Street. I heard a loud noise, felt the building shake and my first thought was an earthquake. Valerie Scott


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