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Learn about the attack of the Twin Towers from the police officers and firefighters who responded, the workers who survived, and the engineers who were charged with getting the World Trade Center back up and running.

Eight years before September 11th, 2001, terrorists carried out their first attack on the World Trade Center, detonating a truck bomb beneath the Twin Towers. In commemoration of the upcoming 25th anniversary of the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center, the 9/11 Tribute Museum is re-releasing its online exhibit, February 26, 1993 – World Trade Center Bombing.

On February 26, 1993, terrorists drove a van into the parking garage below the North Tower of the World Trade Center. They left the site and detonated the bomb, and the explosion killed six people who were working in the area of the blast. Thousands of people were injured as they evacuated the buildings and descended the dark and smoky staircases, a process that took almost ten hours.

In repairing the relatively minimal damage to the buildings, The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey took many steps to improve safety conditions, including the installation of advanced ventilation, battery operated emergency lights, and glow-in-the-dark tape on the stairs. Many people credit these improvements with the great number of people who were able to evacuate from the World Trade Center on 9/11.

There were 9 of us in that elevator at 12:18pm on the afternoon of February 26, when all of a sudden the elevator just jolted to a stop…

– Peter Rinaldi, The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey engineer

I said ‘come with me, come with me!’ and we walked towards the light…

– Norma Hardy, Port Authority Police Department Assistant Chief

People we just milling around, no real panic.

– Chris Brooks, Survivor

Our exhibit features videos about and interviews with people who experienced that attack, exploring both the physical and emotional toll of this historic event.

Survivors and responders share their feelings about terrorism in 1993, discuss repairs and improvements made to the Trade Center in the aftermath, and relate the personal stories of what they experienced.

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