'Worse than any explosion I witnessed in Vietnam’: The 1993 World Trade Center bombing in New York

  • Source: Penn Live
  • Published: 02/26/2021 12:00 AM

Sgt. Dan Carbonaro of the Port Authority Police was in the World Trade Center in New York in 1993 when a bomb went off. He told the Staten Island Advance, “You couldn’t see your hand in front of your face. I was in Vietnam, and this was worse than any explosion I witnessed in Vietnam.” At 12:17 p.m. on Feb. 26, 1993, a 1,200-pound bomb in a rented truck exploded in the parking garage of the North Tower, killing six people and injuring more than 1,000 others. The explosion knocked out the World Trade Center’s power - which disabled the sprinklers, generators, elevators, public address system and the emergency command center. The Staten Island Advance reported that thick smoke “sent tens of thousands of workers streaming out of the complex in Lower Manhattan.” “Many of the victims their eyes tearing and their faces smeared with soot were gasping for air as they stumbled to waiting ambulances. Some had spent more than an hour making their way down smoke-filled stairwells.”


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