My name is Stuart Crawford Hult. On Sept. 11, I was at my desk, at my office at 5 World Trade Center, eighth floor, working as the vice president of information technology for Credit Suisse First Boston. I was a Williston, Vermont, resident, commuting weekly back and forth to New York City.
I had been at my desk for about 20 minutes and I was checking email, and I heard a loud boom explosion outside of my window. Then I felt reverberations through the floor, the walls; the window of my office was shaking.
I stood up, went to the door, and I saw people just frozen at their desks. I looked back towards my window, and I saw large amounts of debris coming down outside of the window, raining down onto the streets, and I saw people outside my window running east.
It was time to get out.
I grabbed my briefcase — it had my wallet in it, I knew I was going to need that. And I proceeded to exclaim, for everybody, at the top of my lungs, to get the f*** out. And I ran around the floor, screaming that, until everybody had left the floor. I did another sweep. I pulled the fire alarm on the way out; nothing happened.
And then it was into the stairwell.
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