http://www6.comcast.net/news/articles/national/2008/02/08/Refinery.Blast/ i was on the phone with a friend, sitting across one corner of my bed with my back against the wall. The shock wave from the explosion hit my house so hard that it knocked me off the bed and square on my tail bone, right on the hard wood floor. The orange fireball and glow from the fires back lit the homes and trees. There was burning debris falling from the sky, and then several waves of people came running up the side streets, at full speed. i offered to help, but no one wanted to stop! one key thing i have not seen in the news is that several people that were fleeing for their lives said there was a fire at the Refinery, and that people were going to the rally points to escape the fire in the building. The sugar silo just went up like a Roman Candle with a devastating explosion, and it destroyed the 4 story building, and set everything on fire. The Triage area was set up at the large Church near my home. the helicopters above waiting to land were a sure sign that there were many in need of immediate attention. i would like to take a moment to thank all of those who dropped what they were doing and came to help. the Emergency response from the Ambulance, Police, Fire and related volunteers was inspiring. i lost count of how many Georgia and South Carolina vehicles there were. i have owned my home in Port Wentworth for 8 years, and although i have the income to move somewhere else, i have stayed this long because of the community here. special thanks to the Port Wentworth Police for their hard work in keeping everyone out with the exception of Residents and Emergency personnel. i had no problem with being asked for ID in order to travel in and out of the area (for work). as a home owner, i really appreciate all of their hard work. i cannot describe how violent that explosion was. my thought and prayers are with those those involved and their families. Michael M.