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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - September 13, 2001, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
8a the Gazette thurs., sept. 13, 2001attack in o r on America the twin towers of the world Trade Center Burn behind the Empire state building in new York. Terrorists crashed two planes into the world Trade Center and the twin 110-Story towers symbols of Commerce a photo in a horrific sequence of crashes and collapses the 110-Story towers of the world Trade Center were obliterated Early tuesday the epicentre of a coordinated terrorist attack that included another direct hit on the Pentagon and a crashed Jet in Pennsylvania. A done to lookup. Done to look new York City policeman to people fleeing after the first Jet crashed into the North off the scene As emergency Crews rushed to lower Manhattan authorities sealed off the Island stranding a population in disbelief. Tappan Zee Bridge. Closed Bridge or Tunnel new Jersey Lincoln Tunnel Holland Tunnel Newark Airport world Trade Center r Brooklyn Battery Tunnel Laguardia Airport Queen Sboro Bridge Queens Midtown Tunnel Williamsburg Bridge Manhattan Bridge Brooklyn Bridge John f. Verrazano Narrows Bridge Kennedy into. Airport devastating plan two flights left Boston for los Angeles 15 minutes apart american airlines flight 11 and United airlines flight 175, carrying a total of 157 people and were hijacked by knife wielding terrorists. 0-% at 8 45 ., american j airlines flight 11 crashed into the face of the North Tower of the world Trade Center about 20 stories below the top of the building. Flight 175 la ii c 2 at 9 03 ., the second hijacked Jet United airlines flight 175 streaked into the South Tower sending a fireball out the other Side. Before Nightfall an adjacent building seven world Trade Center would collapse succumbing to the flames of the aftermath. Two world Trade Center one world Trade Center four world Trade Center five world damaged Trade Center then destroyed As people evacuated the area emergency Crews mobilized and authorities pushed pedestrians out of the surrounding blocks. But the casualties and damage of the initial crashes multiplied horribly when the crippled towers toppled. Six world Trade Center a amp amp a Dpi a seven world Trade Center it h severely weakened by the impacts the towers probably fell say experts in skyscraper construction when intense heat from the ensuing fires melted crucial steel supports. Source compiled from a wire rep Ltd at 9 50 ., the South Tower the second Tower hit collapsed As floors caved onto one another the fire spread to adjacent buildings including the 47-Story seven world Trade Center a Day of terror 7 59 American airlines flight 11, a Boeing 767, departs Boston for los Angeles with 92 people on Board. 8 01 United flight 93 departs Newark International Airport for san Francisco with 45 people on Board. 8 14 United airlines flight 175, a Boeing 767, departs Boston from Logan International Airport for los Angeles with 65 people on Board. 8 45 American airlines flight 11 crashes into the North Tower of the world Trade Center in new York City. 9 03 United airlines flight 175 crashes into the South Tower of the world Trade Center. 9 40 American airlines flight 77, a Boeing 757, crashes into the West Side of the Pentagon in Washington d.c., collapsing a Side of the building. It was in route from Dulles Airport to los Angeles with 64 people. 9 49 The Federal aviation administration shuts Down airports nationwide. 9 50 Two world Trade Center a the second Tower hit a collapses. 10 29 One world Trade Center collapses. 10 37 United airlines flight 93 from Newark n.j., to san Francisco crashes 80 Miles Southeast of Pittsburgh in Shanksville a. Seven world Trade Center then at 10 29 ., the North Tower collapsed. Just before Nightfall the evacuated seven world Trade Center collapsed. 10-11 30 Government buildings around the country Are evacuated including the Capitol and the White House. The United nations closes Down. The securities and Exchange commission closes All . Financial markets for the Day. 2 51 . The . Navy sends missile destroyers and other equipment to new York and Washington do. 5 25 . A third building collapses seven world Trade Center. All times Edt by Fred Tasker Knight Ridder newspapers the world Trade Center towers which opened in 1970, were the worlds tallest buildings for Only a year before being eclipsed by the Sears Tower. But for decades until tuesdays tragedy they were a potent Symbol of the muscle and Grace of american Commerce. The twin 110-Story towers stretched up More than a Quarter mile into the sky eclipsing the Empire state building and radically altering Manhattan a Skyline. That symbolism unfortunately was recognized by americans enemies As Well. When the Center was bombed before in 1993, documents the Fri found on one conspirator said the groups intent was to demoralize America by blowing up a the towers that constitute the pillars of their until tuesday the Center was the world s biggest commercial Complex with 13 million Square feet of space on 16 acres of lower Manhattan. Every Day 50,000 workers joined thousands of visitors Riding each towers 104 elevators up into a Maze of International businesses shops restaurants Art galleries. It was so big it had its own zip code 10048. Financial institutions were its biggest tenants Morgan Stanley Dean Witter alone occupied 50 floors. The 107th floor hosted windows on the world a restaurant with perhaps the worlds Best View where celebrity chef Michael Lomonaco served his famous pan roasted sea scallops with a three caviar Rice wine Glaze and where the More intimate cellar in the sky restaurant under equally celebrated sommelier Andrea Immer sold More wine than any other restaurant in the world. Conceived in the 1960s As an Urban renewal project the Trade Center was designed by japanese architect Minoru Yamasaki. His massive unadorned shapes were cheered for their audacity and rapped for what one critic called their Quot pharaonic grandiosity a hailed As a Triumph of democracy damned As dehumanizing in their immensity. But tragedy followed the centers history. On feb. �?~26, 1993, an 1,800-Pound bomb in a rented Ryder Van exploded in an underground Public parking garage consuming five underground floors setting More than 200 cars ablaze sending smoke up elevator shafts and temporarily stranding thousands of occupants. Six died More than 1,000 were injured. Six islamic militants were convicted in the bombing and sentenced to life behind bars. In a Brilliant exercise of rebuilding Zeal the $300 million Worth of damage was repaired and the building fully reoccupied in Only six weeks. Officials also created a $50 million Security system for the building with a guard Force 300 Strong Multi ton planters outside to keep vehicles from crashing into the building and a sophisticated fiber optic computer network with redundant pcs controlling the buildings Security lights air conditioning and other operating systems. Tenants on foot needed photo ids and had to pass through Security turnstiles while they were checked out in computerized databases. Visitors got temporary Date sensitive badges. Mail chutes had extra narrow slots to Stop Bulky explosives. In the garages Only pre screened workers could Park. Even they were watched from Bullet resistant guard Booths. Vehicles and Drivers were logged in together and monitored so that if a visitor failed to reach an assigned parking space in the time allowed Security personnel would go to Check. Since the 1993 bombing occupancy had increased reaching 98 percent Early this year. Rents had doubled since 1996. Valued at $1.2 billion when it was built the Complex in february had been leased for 99 years to Tomado realty Trust for $3.25 billion. But on tuesday it All came tumbling Down. Lewis Eisenberg chairman of the port authority of new York and new Jersey understood the symbolism. Quot i just saw two towers fall. I am devastated beyond belief a he said. A in Many respects this is significantly worse than Pearl Harbor and we done to know who the enemy is. A was americans we will pull together and do what a survivor dodged dust Metal Glass a graphics staff editors note Adam Lisberg was near one of the world Trade Center towers when it collapsed. He escaped injury. By Adam Lisberg Knight Ridder newspapers new York i came Down to watch the towers after the crashes and was a Block West of them when i started hearing this rumbling. As i came around the Comer and looked up i saw a Waterfall of Metal and dust and Glass a just a River. You could sort of make out things on the leading Edge. I ran around the Comer and was Able to go to a building where it ducks under a the first floor is under a ledge a and could hear the rumble getting louder and louder. I Lay Down on the ground and fortunately had a hard hat on. Then everything was Black As if they dropped curtains around . There was rumbling. After a while it started to Settle and you could Start to make out particular Bangs and crackles. At that Point i really did no to know if i would live or die. I heard a woman screaming Quot of god of god a when the noise of the collapse stopped first thought was that i was alive and that nothing had fallen on . My second thought was that id die from breathing the dust. It was so thick it Felt like it was building in Throat so i was fighting to breathe Only once in a while. The Light started to Clear a Little and everything was a Haze around . The Way in front of was blocked with what looked like a Stretcher. I heard a lot of shouting and did no to know which Way to go. Then someone said the firefighters Are Here. They had been on the other Side of the building closer to the Center. I stepped through a broken window and into a building. When the firefighters took us out of the building smoke started to Clear. There was an Aubon pain and we stumbled into it. Everyone took bottles of water and whatever they could off the shelves. I had dust in Throat. We started Clearing dust out of our eyes. Even firefighters and Ems were crying. It was quieter than you a imagine
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