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Most people mistook the blasts for something else - before rushing to a safe refuge and later helping the injured.
"I was in office when there was suddenly a loud noise. Initially we thought that a building had collapsed and we all ran out," said Akshay Shetty, an office goer near Opera House in south Mumbai where one of the three blasts took place.
"When we came out, there was a lot of smoke and we saw injured people lying around. Only then did it dawn upon us that it was a blast and we rushed to help the victims," he added.
Added Jayash Mehta, another eye witness: "I thought it was a cylinder explosion. It's shocking...I can't believe we have become the victims of a terror strike yet again".
Three explosions went off within minutes of each other here on Wednesday evening, leaving at least 21 people dead and 141 injured and sparking minor fires, in the first terror attack in Mumbai after November 2008.
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