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5 Fun Facts About September 11 In South Carolina History

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1. South Carolina was one of the first states to respond to the September 11 attacks. Governor Jim Hodges declared a state of emergency within hours of the attacks and deployed National Guard troops to secure airports and other key infrastructure.

2. Two of the terrorist hijackers, Nawaf al-Hazmi and Khalid al-Mihdhar, briefly lived in South Carolina before moving on to Florida. They rented a room in an apartment complex in the city of Summerville, where they reportedly kept to themselves and did not attract attention.

3. The Charleston International Airport, one of the state's largest airports, was closed for several days following the attacks. Flights resumed on September 14, with increased security measures in place.

4. Many South Carolinians volunteered to assist with the recovery efforts at the World Trade Center site in New York City. Firefighters, police officers, and other first responders from across the state traveled to NYC to help search for survivors and clear debris.

5. The September 11 attacks had a major impact on South Carolina's economy. Tourism and travel industries suffered significant losses, as Americans cancelled vacations and business trips in the wake of the attacks. The state also saw a sharp increase in military recruiting and enlistment, with many young people choosing to join the armed forces in response to the crisis.
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