William Rodriguez's story | 21Set2011 16:25:06
That morning, I was supposed to be there, at 8 o’clock in the morning everyday. I called my supervisor because I was not going to work. I was going to take a sick day. Made it there at 8:30 in the morning, go strait to the lobby, down to the basement. The building has 6 sub-levels of basement. B1, B2 ... all the way down to B6.
Basement 6, basement 5 ... all the way up to basement 1 where all sort of support areas. Some of them have parking for tenants, some of them have storages. B1 office, B1 level is where they have the support offices for my company, the cleaning company, American Building Maintenance.
So I was talking to the supervisor, and at 8:46 we hear BUM. An explosion so hard that pushes upwards in the air, upwards! And it came out from bellow us, from the mechanical room that was right bellow us. And it was so loud and so powerful that all the walls cracked, the floor ceiling fell on top of us, the sprinkler system got activated and everybody started screaming so loud because they didn’t know what was going on. And the first thing I’m going to say is that a generator just blew up on the B2 level, the level below me and everybody is screaming. When I’m going to verbalize it, 6 to 7 seconds after, we hear PAH. The impact all the way on the top of the building of the plane.
Two different events separated by almost 7 seconds, separated by time. And now, I work in the building for 20 years, I know the difference of the sound coming from the top and one from the bottom. So, when everybody started ‘What the heck is going on?’ A person comes running into the office saying ‘an explosion, an explosion’. His hands extended all the skin pulled from under his arm pit, on both arms hanging and we thought it was clothing, it was part of his clothes, until he gets closer, he was coming like this, like a zombie, ‘explosion, explosion...’ And when I looked at him I realized it was his skin, like when you take over gloves and you let it hanging. And when I get to see his face all this part was hanging off his face and everybody started screaming in horror, and I say ‘don’t move’, the guy was a black guy named Felipe David worked for a company called Aramark.