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I was 21 months old, so don;t really remember it. Howevr it wa a huge story for a couple of years. I remember seeing it on the news on the 2nd anniversary. It was a huge deal. It was (and not comparing it to a terrorist attack) the 80s equivalent of 9/11. In the sense that millions of people saw it live on tv when it exploded, similar to CNN showing the 2nd plane hit the tower.
It was in 1986 so I was, what, 3 years old by my count?
Its weird but I actually remember where I was. I was in my living room with my Mom watching it on TV. I was playing with toys and didn't really know what was happening but I remember she was surprised at what she was seeing and may have called my Dad. Faint faint memory though.