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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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Cynthia Hartnett



I was in bed sleeping when my 10 year old daughetr woke me up because she heard "a loud boom and the house shake". I checked the house and told my daughter it must have been a dream and to go back to bed. Steve Kapantais



I was in bed in my house in Andover and felt a thud, which I thought was something falling on the roof. My wife and I had been at the Danversport Yacht Club the night before and we were shocked to hear of the explosion on the news in the morning. At first, all I could think of was the Devcon building off of Endicott St.because I had never heard of another chemical plant in that part of Danvers. James Sellers



I was sleeping in my third floor apt. with my two dogs in Beverly, near the Central Station firehouse. The blast shook everything in the apartment and caused the dogs to have a barking frenzy. To help calm the dogs and entertain my curiosity, we took a walk outside; the skyline over the port area was a fiery red glow. Later that day I was resetting my wind gage and noted it had registered the maximum speed it is capable of, 110 mph at the time of the blast. Kathy



The sound woke my wife and me from a deep sleep in Marblehead. My first thought was that it was a plane crash. I had heard a large plane crash from a distance many years ago and the very low deep rumble I heard was eerily similar. After seeing no evidence a crash within sight of our house, we went back to sleep expecting to hear where the crash was on the morning news. Harry Kindle



My wife and I were asleep. Our entire house shook, I thought a car had slammed into the house or that the gas furnace had exploded. I looked out the window and saw nothing. I then checked the furnace and it was OK. Thank God no one was seriously injured.

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