"How tenuous out lives are'

Terrorism Strikes America

The Response

September 12, 2001

"It's like when Kennedy was assassinated. That day, everything just stood still. You"re just so puzzled. You can't understand what happened, why it happened."

Peggy Wilson of Ellicott City

"You looked around and people were crying in their cars. It's scary. I've been crying all day."

Amy Gramm of Bel Air

"I've never been so angry in all my life."

Andrew Wittner in Annapolis

"I am thinking about all the people who died. I don't know the people in New York, or D.C. or Pittsburgh, but they feel like they are family."

Helen Spriggs in Annapolis

"It's probably only 10 guys responsible for this. Who would have thought America would be brought to a standstill by 10 guys?'

Steven Ward, 21, in Baltimore from Manchester, England

"On a day like this, nobody has the heart of putting on a fresh face and smiling at a customer."

Jack Elsby, owner of the Brass Elephant restaurant.

"The whole thing makes me realize how tenuous our lives are. Whether it's Houston, New York or Baltimore, I guess I'm feeling guilty about just assuming it's always going to be here, we are always going to be safe."

Meg Megwisatta, from Houston, who was in Baltimore for a technology conference

"This building would have stood had a plane or a force caused by a plane smashed into it. But steel melts, and 24,000 gallons of aviation fluid melted the steel. Nothing is designed or will be designed to withstand that fire."

Hyman Brown, who was the construction manager for the World Trade Center

"People were jumping off the buildings everywhere. They were just jumping."

Serena Mays, a construction worker on New York's Williamsburg Bridge

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