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    ‘Powder Keg’ for 9/11: 1993 Trade Center Bombing Remembered

    ‘Powder Keg' for 9/11: 1993 Trade Center Bombing Remembered

    (AP) — Lolita Jackson was at her 72nd-floor desk in the World Trade Center, feeling like she worked at the top of the world. Then came the boom, and smoke started curling in from an elevator shaft.

    Unsure what was happening, she joined thousands of other office workers on a harrowing trek down dark, smoky stairs, emerging into the scene of a terror attack.

    It wasn't Sept. 11, 2001. This was Feb. 26, 1993, when a deadly bombing killed six people, one of them pregnant, and injured more than 1,000 — becoming a harbinger of terror at the twin towers.

    Jackson hopes that Sunday's 30th anniversary serves as a reminder that even though decades have passed since the seismic acts of terrorism in the United States' most populous , no one, anywhere, can say the threat of mass violence is over.

    She knows that more personally than most: On 9/11, she had to flee the trade center's south tower again.

    “I'm a living testament that it can happen to you, and it can happen to you twice.”

    Victims' relatives, survivors, dignitaries and others are set to gather at the trade center Sunday for a ceremony that will include the reading of the names of the six people killed in the 1993 bombing, one of whom was pregnant. Anniversary observances also include a Mass Sunday at a church near the trade center and a panel discussion Monday at the 9/11 Memorial Museum.

    The noontime explosion, set off in a rented van parked in an…

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