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Mar 22, 2016 5:02 PM

UNH student studying abroad gives 1st-hand account of Brussels terror attacks


Early Tuesday morning, Walter Lewis, of Manchester, got news no parent wants to receive, Brussels, where his daughter is studying abroad, was attacked by terrorists.

“Not totally unexpected, but something that I had hoped also wasn’t going to happen,” Lewis, of Manchester, said of the Belgium attacks. “She was upset. She was scared and a little tearful, I have to admit.”

Lewis’ daughter Danielle is a junior at UNH.

Making trips to the airport are a daily occurrence for her, but on Tuesday, she didn't go.

“Even now I can hear sirens,” said Danielle Lewis said from her Belgium apartment in a one-on-one Skype interview with NH1 News.

She said she was in class during the blasts, but her roommate was not as lucky.

“Her mother and her aunt were actually at the airport and experienced the explosions, but they are perfectly fine and they just made it back to the house,” she said.

Danielle Lewis said with confidence that she’ll be finishing out the semester abroad despite the attacks. Her father, however, is ready if she ever makes the call.

“I’m ready to go over and get her if I need too,” he said back in Manchester.

The attacks were felt back in New England, too.

“You just feel sorry for the people who watched it and how horrible. I can’t even imagine how that must have been,” said Antoinette who was at Logan Airport this morning trying to get back to Belgium hearing of the attacks.

"We used to wait for my mom to arrive there when she would visit us for Christmas,” said Ian Lyons of Greenland New Hampshire remembering the years he spent living in Belgium. “It’s just unreal. I mean it’s just like going to Logan Airport. It doesn’t feel any different.”

Allagash Brew Company had several brewers abroad who tweeted about narrowly missing the bombs going off when they went to the airport this morning.

But for Danielle Lewis, on Tuesday - it was all about family.

“It makes me really homesick to hear my parents voice especially - after my roommate had a situation this morning,” she said.

Jenna Abate is a multimedia journalist for NH1 News. You can email her at jabate@nh1.com and follow her on Twitter, @Jenna_AbateNH1.

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