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Contributed by: Mike Alvarado
Contributor's location on 9/11: Chambers St. in front of City Hall NY NY
Contributed on: August 29, 2002

On the morning of Sept,11, 2001, my fiance Lisa Mewa and I were going to get our marriage license. We had arrived early. I bought a cup of coffee from a cart. Were looking at the Twin towers when we saw the first plane. I commented to Lisa that I thought the plane was flying pretty low. Then it went straight into the building. The sound of the impact was like a sonic boom. Lisa said that it must of been that the pilot had a heart attack.
At first, the flames coming out of the building seemed to be confined to 2 or 3 floors from our vantage point. We could never imagine that it could collapse as it did later. When the second plane hit, I felt that it must be terrorist. For two planes to hit both buildings within a few moment could not be coincidence. The police directed everyone to walk uptown. Lisa and I were shaken as we made our way to Houston St. There we stopped to rest. At that moment, the first building collapsed. We could not fatham it. The whole experience was surreal.
I have put off relating this for a while. Even after almost a year, tears come to me and my wife, Lisa.

Cite as: Mike Alvarado, Story #1551, The September 11 Digital Archive, 29 August 2002, <>.
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