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Fargo Family Vacationing in Oslo Witnesses Explosion

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A Fargo family is caught in the middle of the tragedy in Norway. It's Emily Anderson's first time in Norway and the second day of fun and excursion around the country with 13 of her family members -- until things went terribly wrong.

"We didn't know what was going on," Emily tells us via Skype. "I thought maybe a car hit the building. It was so loud."

It was a sound Emily Anderson had never heard before. She was in a store shopping with her little sister and cousin when she heard the first explosion across the street in downtown Oslo.  

"The entire sky in this big city was just dark with this smoke."

In a state of panic, Emily and her family ran through streets filled with broken glass and debris. It's a moment she describes looked like a scene from September 11th.

 "We never ran so fast in our lives. We got back to our hotel in about a minute," says Anderson. "Lots of people weren't even running because they were just in shock figuring out what had happened. But I was worried that there was going to be more coming, worried that the whole city was going to start going under."

What may be more shocking for Emily is where it happened. Norway is a relatively peaceful country, that's been free of violence since World War II.

But she's grateful she and her younger sister and cousin made it back safely to reunite with her family.

"Yeah. it's pretty crazy," she says. "I feel lucky to be alive because it we had stood around for maybe a few more minutes with broken glass flying everywhere."

Emily and her family are advised not to leave their hotel for now. As to when they're coming home to Fargo, she says they're going to try to stay with their initial plan and continue traveling around Norway for the next week.


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