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Reaction at Fountain Place

September 25, 2009

Reaction at Fountain Place: 'We could have been blown up'
September 25, 2009
By CRAIG CIVALE/WFAA-TV

The plot to blow up a downtown Dallas skyscraper has struck fear in the minds of so many across Dallas.

That includes the thousands of employees who work at Fountain Place - the target of the proposed attack.

Surprised and uneasy are just two words to sum up the emotions of many workers at the building on Friday.

Even though the threat may be gone, the arrest of Hosam Maher Husein Smadi has been a wake-up call for some companies.

Fountain Place was on high security a day after authorities revealed it was the target of a bomb plot.

"It's really hard to express the way you feel... finding out you could have been blown up," said Vanessa Kimmons, an employee.

Smadi was arrested Thursday after officials said he placed what he believed to be a car bomb in a parking garage, near 1445 Ross Avenue in downtown Dallas.

Gaedeke Group which operates nine office buildings in Dallas is now ramping up its security, adding cameras and building awareness for any tenants, who maybe thought something like this couldn't happen here.

"It's close to home. You always think it's somewhere else... We are a prominent building. We have prominent buildings in Dallas and across the U.S., so we could have just as easily have been that target," said Kristin Schor from Gaedeke Group.

Dallas police had a visible presence at Fountain Place on Friday.