Survivor describes blood, dust and chaos in Brussels attacks
More than two dozen people were killed Tuesday when bombs exploded in Belgium's capital – two at the main international airport and one on a downtown subway train near European Union headquarters. Witnesses described chaotic scenes of blood, dust and flying glass as the blasts hit transport hubs in the middle of a busy rush hour. Here are some of their accounts.
Entrepreneur Marc Noel, 63, was awaiting a flight from Brussels to Atlanta when he decided to buy some automobile magazines for the flight – an act he thinks may have saved his life.
He was in an airport shop when the first explosion struck about 50 yards (meters) away, bringing down a chunk of the ceiling.
"People were crying, shouting, children. It was a horrible experience," said Noel, a Belgian who lives in Raleigh, North Carolina. "I don't want to think about it, but I would probably have been in that place when the bomb went off."
He said a second blast hit 10 to 15 seconds later.
"This feel likes war – fire engines, police everywhere," said Noel, as he and hundreds of other passengers toting their hand luggage were evacuated to the town of Zavantem.
"I was as close as I could be to the other side," he told the AP. "It hasn't happened yet. I guess it's not my hour."