I was in two datacenter sites in Secaucus that morning. I left the first one after both planes had hit and saw the smoke while driving to the 2nd site.
It was chaos in the site, but I worked in a UPS room all day and had no clue what was going on. I did get "interviewed" by "dark suits with shiney shoes" while onsite. I guess the gov had servers in the site.
That afternoon, I drove to Wayne via rt3, it was really wierd. No traffic, cars parked on the shoulder, etc.
It was ~5PM when I finally found out the towers were down.
I spent a number of nights, after work, at the WTC site helping clean up since I had skills that could be used.
I would get home covered in what felt like talcum powder.
It's tough at night at times, remembering what it looked like working in the rubble piles.
When I would go to work, I drove over Skyline drive, every morning the towers would greet me as I went down the Oakland side.
For quite a while after the attack, I was greeted by a smoke pall over southern NYC instead.:sad:
Our town, as well as some close by, lost quite a few people in the attack.