When the first explosion went off, I was walking towards the exact place it had hit. As I moved closer, I noticed that debris was flying in every direction. A police officer asked me to identify myself as a witness, and I had to describe everything I had seen.
Photo taken by our Observer a few seconds after the blast.
I stayed in the area for a few moments longer, listening to music on my headphones. Then there was another blast. Bricks were flung over dozens of metres and pieces of roofing flew into the air. It felt like an earthquake had shaken the ground, accompanied by a deafening sound.
"I saw armoured tanks driving down the streets"
Police began patrolling the area. They checked out all the city rubbish bins and searched everyone in the vicinity, even looking in plastic bags lying on the ground. I saw armoured trucks driving down the streets.
Photo taken early Friday afternoon in Dnipropetrovsk. Posted on YouTube by Demien87.
There was nothing to foreshadow the attacks. It was a Friday just like any other. People were on their way to work, others were just out for a walk in the sun. When the explosions happened, there was no mass reaction of panic. Everyone appeared to be in a state of shock. People avoided the city’s main arteries as they hurried home.