WASHINGTON — A bartender at a restaurant in the heart of Washington D.C.’s Capital Beltway told ABC News that there are plenty of things you can do to survive a nuclear attack.
The bartender, who asked that his name not be used because he is still on active duty, said he was serving a large gathering of about 30 people when the first blast occurred.
“There was just a big explosion and it was a horrible, terrible, terrible moment,” the bartender said.
“The second explosion came in just like a second later and I saw a lot of blood.
It was just horrible.
I felt horrible.
It seemed like it was like I had just been shot.
It was just horrific.
I didn’t know what was going to happen.
We had just gotten our food and I thought we had been through a couple of bad days.”
The bar was closed, but the bartender was still drinking.
He said the restaurant was already a bit of a mess because there were many people who were just running, screaming, crying and just running around the place.
A few minutes later, he said, he heard another explosion.
Then came the third blast.
We were all just running to the bathroom, he added.
His colleague had also been in the bathroom and had just heard a loud bang.
The bartender was shocked and he ran to the restroom too.
By the time he got to the door, the building was engulfed in a massive fireball and the flames had engulfed the entire restaurant.
While most people evacuated the restaurant, some stayed inside.
According to the bartender, some people were trying to find their way out.
They were yelling, trying to call their families, he told ABCNews.com.
Eventually, the bartender’s colleague came in and saw a group of people running from the building.
As the group was trying to get out of the building, they ran into a restaurant worker who was just waiting for them.
She said the worker told them to stay down, so the workers ran back into the restaurant.
They then heard another bang and the bartender called 911.