Terrorists targeted the World Trade Center eight years before 9/11, causing death, injury, and property damage, but they did not achieve their goal of killing thousands and toppling the towers.
At 12:18 p.m. on Friday, February 26, 1993, terrorists detonated a rented van packed with approximately 1,200 pounds of explosives in the World Trade Center’s underground parking garage. The bomb killed six people. A Windows on the World purchasing agent perished, as did a salesman visiting the towers and four members of the Port Authority staff, one of whom was seven months pregnant.
More than a thousand emergency personnel arrived to aid in the evacuation and treat the injured. Meanwhile, most of the 40,000 people who were in the Twin Towers walked down smoke-filled stairways in the dark. The last survivors escaped from the building more than 11 hours after the bomb blast.
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