First WTC Attack’s 19th Anniversary

February 26, 2012 Updated: October 1, 2015
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World Trade Center on July 4, 2000. (Chris Hondros/Getty Images)

NEW YORK—On Feb. 26, 1993, a car bomb exploded in the parking garage beneath the twin towers at the World Trade Center. Thousands were injured, six died. One of the casualties was a pregnant woman.

Sunday marked the 19th anniversary of the attack, executed by Islamic extremists. The blast left a five-story crater under the towers, smoke rose through the buildings, and the power went out, trapping people in 45 of the buildings’ elevators.

It was, at the time, the largest coordinated rescue effort in the city’s history, according to the 9/11 memorial website. Rescue workers evacuated 50,000 people in about four hours, and 28 people were airlifted by Emergency Medical Service.