- The Washington Times - Tuesday, September 11, 2001

NEW YORK (AP) Authorities went on alert from coast to coast today, halting all air traffic, evacuating high-profile buildings and tightening security at strategic facilities following the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.
Evacuations were ordered at the United Nations building in New York, the Sears Tower in Chicago and the tallest skyscrapers in Boston, Cleveland and Minneapolis. Seattle's landmark Space Needle was closed.
"Usually the building is so full of activity, and now there's no one in the hallways. It's creepy," said Cathy Grable, a 31-year-old interior designer who was leaving the Sears Tower.
In Massachusetts and Maine, most state employees were sent home, and state buildings shut down.
Military bases across the country went on alert. Extra security went into place at Department of Energy's nuclear weapons and research complex in Oak Ridge, Tenn., the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico, and at Fort Detrick in Frederick, Md., home to the Army's main germ warfare defense laboratory.
In Louisiana, the state police urged petrochemical and pipeline companies to be on alert.
In California, Gov. Gray Davis convened a meeting of the State Emergency Council and requested heightened security in all state buildings.
In Los Angeles, the police went on tactical alert, and mobilized an anti-terrorist division. A tactical alert means officers are held over from the earlier shift to bolster the day shift and police only respond to priority calls.
In Virginia, authorities intensified security at the naval complex in Hampton Roads and imposed a lockdown of offices at the state Capitol.
Under orders from the Federal Aviation Administration, airports nationwide halted all outbound flights, while keeping their runways open for incoming plans.
"We're like everyone else, in shock," said Carol Windham, spokesman at Birmingham International Airport in Alabama.


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