Readers sound off Boston.com

(Globe Staff Photo / David L. Ryan)

Hundreds of Boston.com readers shared their experiences with this morning's explosion at a Danvers chemical plant. Here are some excerpts of what they had to say.

"I thought it was a small earthquake."
bozzs, Londonderry, N.H.
"We heard a huge crashing, a rumbling that sounded like a building falling down."
courtdawg, Salem

"The flames were incredibly high and wide--just lighting up the sky."
seakitty, Danvers

"I ... was woken out of a sound sleep by what sounded like a plane flying directly into the house."
btz, Danvers

"I heard it in Maynard, and we are thirty miles away!"
maynardite

"Let's all keep the people rendered homeless in our thoughts and prayers."
finestthing

"I woke up at 2:44 a.m. to ... TONS of dogs, barking, wailing, like crazy."
cherrycoke813, Dedham

"Our house shook so violently I thought a plane crashed."
Livylou, Peabody

"It was difficult to sleep after that with the sounds of helicopters above and the scene unfolding on the news."
mamamanda, Danvers

"I'd be lying if I didn't admit that the first thought through my head was that we are under attack."
TurkeySpaz, West Peabody

"The shockwave ... set off every car alarm in the [Museum Place Mall] parking lot."
AndyWins, Salem

"I heard a vibration and ... two loud thumps that shook the whole house."
innsmouth, South Berwick, Maine

"I saw this massive mushroom cloud of smoke - like something out of war coverage."
lreed, Peabody

"My husband literally fell out of bed."
etibb, Danvers

"The 3-story hotel building shook and was worse than any of the earthquakes I've felt in CA, including some big ones."
jessekenney, from California visiting Danvers