• Bob Vlach, Woodford Sun Staff

Former WCHS teacher in NYC when bombing happens


Former Woodford County High School social studies teacher Kyle Fannin was taking a short vacation in New York City on Monday morning when a pipe bomb exploded near the Port Authority Bus Terminal.

Fannin said he was staying on the 33rd floor of a hotel near Times Square when the blast occurred during the morning rush hour. Hearing emergency sirens did not cause him any alarm. “It’s New York City. That’s constant,” he said during a telephone interview on Monday.

But then, “when I opened the curtains, I looked up and there were four helicopters hovering above.” He knew that wasn’t normal, so he turned on his television and heard the news that a 27-year-old immigrant from Bangladesh, who was living in Brooklyn, had injured himself and four others after he set off a pipe bomb strapped to his body. Fannin described watching NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio’s news conference about the bombing as surreal.

“I was having breakfast looking at a TV of all that going on just around the block from where I’m eating. And then Christmas music is playing and everybody around me is speaking a different language because of all the visitors from all over the world. You’ve got to love New York, man,” said Fannin, who flew to New York on Friday morning to see the University of Kentucky’s basketball game on Saturday, watch “Hamilton” on Broadway and also visit an art museum. He was scheduled to return home on Monday night.

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