Nashville woman caught in NY bombing aftermath as hotel covered in debris

(Courtesy: Shanna Strassberg)
(Courtesy: Shanna Strassberg)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A Nashville woman and her family suddenly caught in this weekend’s Manhattan terrorist bombing “can’t wait to get back home.”

Nashville music executive Shanna Strassberg says she and family members who were there for a reunion were able to get things from their damaged hotel rooms that included medication for her nearly 88-year-old mother.

One of the two terrorist bombs that went off Saturday night in New York City detonated right in front of the the Townhouse Inn of Chelsea where the Strassbergs had been staying, but they did not even hear the blast while being at dinner about a mile away.

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Shanna said her family had been allowed to go back to their rooms Sunday afternoon to only get the dust-and-debris covered luggage they had left at the hotel.

On Sunday morning after quickly booking another hotel room nearby, she went back to the Townhouse Inn to try and retrieve some much-needed medicine that had been left behind for her mother, herself and the other family members there.

To get the medicine, Shanna said FBI clearance was needed for the hotel owner to go up to her mother’s room.

“He went upstairs and per our instructions about where the medication was, he able to grab it and some key items,” she told News 2. “He came running down the street and we were waiving across the barricades–just getting his attention–we were able to get the medication.”

On Sunday night with sirens blaring from a Manhattan street, Shanna told News 2 via FaceTime, “We were scared and inconvenienced, but so lucky to say that we were safe.”

Late Monday afternoon while waiting with her mother, a brother and nephew at a New York airport, Shanna said, “It could have been a lot worse, and you could not think about what could have happened.”

While saying the family was “exhausted both physically and mentally,” she added “and really eager to get back home and sleep in our own bed.”

Beds far removed from a terrorist bombing instead of being just a few feet away.

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