Explosions Rock Hotel

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Oct. 4,  2004 12:17 p.m.

I heard an explosion from bed at 8:10 a.m. It sounded like thunder, but coming from the ground ā€” low and big, not too far away. I stayed in bed. If it was big, people would be running around the hallway. I listened for a few minutes, then forgot about it.

I got up at 9 a.m. to make a smoothie. I had one banana in my room. I broke it up in the blender, then went to the rec room to look for more. While walking down the hallway with the blender in my right hand, there was a big explosion. The building shook and the lights went off. The air shook. If it was not our building, it was close. Now people were running through the hall. They were running to windows with small cameras in their hands to get pictures of the fire and the smoke. People ran by me in the hall. I looked for some eye contact, but did not get any. People ran by without looking in my face. I went to the balcony and looked out to see the black smoke coming up. I went back to the rec room and moved, thinking step-by-step in my head. There were no bananas but a couple of soft peaches. I figured things might become more clear as I cut up the peaches with a plastic knife. My hair was a mess. It was overnight in New York and we were in taped programming. If it was big enough they would interrupt programming. I could go stick my head under the shower or keep making my smoothie. I cut up the first peach. The second one was bad, so I threw it out. I went with two cartons of yogurt instead of the usual three and turned the blender on. It was a good balance between peach and banana.

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Every time I read on of your blog entries I want to laugh and cry. Thank you.

MA Bernard
Buffalo, NY

When you show up all hell breaks loose. Good luck.
ā€”  a fan Benny

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Keep safe,


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Carolyn in N.E. Oklahoma.


Steve Harrigan currently serves as a Miami-based correspondent for Fox News Channel (FNC). He joined the network in 2001 as a Moscow-based correspondent.