In bed. It woke us up and we thought it was an earthquake. It was so strong that it shook open my front door, and we are on Conant Street. Then my sister called to tell us she heard on the police scanner about the explosion and that the Home for the Deaf was being evacuated. We were concerned because a relative lives on Appleton St. so we jumped in the car and at 3 in the morning we hit rush hour traffic. We could only get as far as Sam & Joes, but there were people walking everywhere and the parking lot at Sam & Joes was full of people trying to see what happened. The police had the bridge blocked at that point. Nancy
I was sound asleep in bed. I live near the Beverly airport and I literally jumped in my sleep, I thought a plan had crashed in my neighborhood. Natasha Coyne
I was jolted right out of my bed, and thought we were being attacked!!!! I live near the Danvers Square and can only imagine what it would have felt like closer to the explosion . Michelle Miano
My husband and I were at home,sleeping. We initially thought a plane had crashed at the Beverly Airport. Sue P.
At home asleep in bed. I thought it was thunder then realized that my home was in shambles. Andrea Farrell
Just got home from Boston and i was laying in my living room when i saw this flash then a boom i thought for sure a plane had crashed.I got off the couch and went out side but nobody seemed to be out.Went to bed and when i woke up I put on the news and well you know the rest. Rob
I live in Marblehead and was just getting out of bed. I actually thought it was an earthquake,every window just shook. I turned on the tv to see if they said anything on the news. That is how I found out it was an explosion.