September 11 : The Attacks Of 9 / 11

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On September 11, 2001, the Islamic extremist group, al-Qaeda, hijacked four airplanes and spreaded out against targets in the United States. “Two of the planes were flown into the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York City, a third plane hit the Pentagon just outside Washington, D.C., and the fourth plane crashed in a field in Pennsylvania. Over 3,000 people were killed during the 9/11 terrorist attacks” (“9/11 Attack”), which caused the U.S. horrific sorrow. As I was interviewing Ms. Phyllis Brown, she gave us the rundown about her experience through this tragedy. It was early in the morning when Ms. Brown, a cashier at Sprint Wireless, was opening like she always does. Besides the loud cars, it was a peaceful day. The computer on her desk was tuned into the local radio station as she wanted for customers to come in. Suddenly, the music on the computer stops and the radio show hosts are talking about a plane that crashed into one of the Twin Towers. Everyone in the department crowds the windows, watching as black smoke spills out from the North Tower. "Do you think it is an accident?" asks her co-worker, Michelle, nervously. As her question travels over the radio lines, another plane crashes into the South Tower. "This is done intensely!" Michelle is yelling now. "America is under attack!" The customers, who had been horrified are at a standstill at this point. Then, they broke out in a panic. People were screaming and crying. One of Ms. Brown's coworker quickly called her daughter, who was touring the World Trade Center. Ms. Brown's coworker lost contact with her daughter and did not hear from her again for four long days. All the cell phone company's signals were all stationed on top of the Twin Towers and when the buildings fell, all service was lost. All communication was gone and in the streets, there were silence. Smoke spilled out of the burning towers and painted the sky black. People jumped out of the flaming buildings, desperate for escaption. When the towers crumbled, a black substance covered the streets and people as they ran for help. "You could smell it for months," remembers Ms. Brown. "The black substance, the smoke, it was there for seven months. The
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