their reaction was sheer terror. imagine if you were just driving to work on a lovely fall morning, and all of a sudden, you heard a huge sound like a gun shot. or if you were in the building, and all of a sudden the building started to sway. I was in school and the principal of my school came onto the system and said, "I have some terrible news. the twin towers in new york city have just colapsed and thousands of people died. they burst into flames, and within a few hours, fell down." my best friend who lived all the way in malasia heard about it on the news. the whole world heard about it, even all of the elemantary schools did. I hope this helped you.