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Covering the First World Trade Center Attack

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20 years ago I embarked on what was at the time the biggest assignment of the infancy of Channel 3 career. Terrorists had attacked the World Trade Center, killing six people and injuring a thousand others. It was a shocking event to Americans, although in retrospect, it paled in comparison to what would happen at this very spot after the turn of the century.

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WFSB photojournalist Tom Lang and I arrived on a scene that was surprisingly accessible. Police had cordoned off the streets beneath the World Trade Center, but we still got fairly close. Those towers were massive, and at the time it never occurred to me they could be brought down. A huge bomb detonated in a truck had blown a hole in the garage, but most of the damage was smoke damage.

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Our assignment was to report the latest information and to track down Connecticut folks who were in building. We did both. Tom and I ended up staying in lower Manhattan for three days and just expensed what we needed, including clothes.

Eight years later, I was back.

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This Sunday in our Face the State flashback, you will see one of our several reports from the scene of the first attack on the World Trade Center. In this report that aired March 1, 1993, I was inside the lobby, which was one chaotic scene as people returned to work for the first time since the attack. You’ll see Denise D’Ascenzo, and some people from our state who were there when it happened. One local man told me he wasn’t afraid to go back inside the twin towers, saying “if they wanted to bring it down, they would have.”

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Watch the entire flashback that aired Sunday at 11AM on Face the State, only on WFSB Channel 3 right here: http://www.wfsb.com/video?autoStart=true&topVideoCatNo=default&clipId=8532290

About the author: http://www.wfsb.com/video?autoStart=true&topVideoCatNo=default&clipId=7316421

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