We were in bed in our Peabody home. The explosion threw me out of bed and onto the floor, and my husband jumped up. My brother in law came running into the room and thought it was an earthqake, while my husband ran downstairs thinking a truck, or plane flew into the house. Looking outside, we could see the red sky, and at 2am, neighbors flocked into the streets. It was SO scary not knowing what was happening. Kate
The explosion woke me from a very deep sleep. I lived on the second floor of a two family house in Salem about 2.5 miles from the explosion. As I struggled to get my wits about me I noticed that the house was trembling like we were having an earthquake. I thought I had awoke to the sound of thunder, but no more followed. It wasn't until the next morning that I realized the explosion was what had disturbed my sleep. Bert Capella
I was at home in bed on Symonds Street in Salem about a mile from the blast. My roommate and I jumped out of bed and thought there was an explosion right outside. We went outside and saw the ball of fire coming from Danvers. We made it as far as Treadwells. Katie St Pierre
I was home in bed in Rowley when I woke up from hearing and feeling the explosion. When my brother called and said it happened in Danvers, I was shocked that I had felt it from so far away! Kerri
I was on my way to work. My mom and step dad live in danvers. First thought was to call to make sure that they were ok. AMP
Home in my bed. I live in the woodvale section of Danvers on the Wenham line. The expolsion woke the whole house but about 5:30 am a phone call from the school department made me aware of the nature of the Boom. My first thought was for the safety of the people in the bates street area since we know some of the residents.