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31 Overwhelming Photos From The 9/11 Terrorist Attacks

It has been 17 years since two airplanes collided into the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York City. These photographs—taken at ground zero and around the nation—are a powerful, heart-wrenching reminder of the day the entire world changed, forever.

Warning: Some images may be disturbing.

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A group of firefighters carry one of their colleagues, Al Fuentes, who was injured in the collapse of the World Trade Center.

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A fiery blasts rocks the World Trade Center after it was hit with a second commercial airliner.

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An ambulance rushes toward the World Trade Center area after reports that the twin towers had been struck by a commercial airliner in a suspected terrorist attack on Sept. 11, 2001.

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People walk over the Brooklyn Bridge as the World Trade Center towers burn in the distance.

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Spectators look up at the damaged World Trade Center after two airplanes slammed into the twin towers.

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The south tower of the World Trade Center collapses in New York City.

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A New York Fire-fighter amid the rubble of the World Trade Centre.

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New York Daily News staff photographer David Handschuh is carried from danger after his leg was shattered by falling debris while he was photographing the scene.

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Downtown Manhattan skyline (view from Brooklyn) as it was September 11th 2001.

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A man falls to his death from the World Trade Center after two planes hit the twin towers.

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An American flag flies in the foreground as one of the World Trade Center towers burns in the background.