When student Jami McDonald walked into her waitressing job at Bully's this morning, she was stunned by the horror that greeted her on the television.
"I saw grown men cry today," she said of the carnage in New York.
Two hijacked American Airlines planes flew into the twin towers of the World Trade Center in Manhattan causing the icons to crumble to earth.
"This proves that America is not as safe as we thought it was. There are countries out there that this is an everyday occurrence to them. We've been very lucky and we take it for granted. We are just as susceptible as everyone else," McDonald said.
"(Terrorists) do stuff like this, but you know, they can't hurt us," said Sherri Minifie, a government employee with the Department of Information and Technology.
Walking through the Capitol plaza earlier, Minifie and supervisor Maggie Thorn talked of their shock at finding out what had happened.
"I am from New York, and at this moment, we are wondering where my nephew is. He works in Manhattan and no one has talked to him yet," said Thorn. "This is war."
"This is a very emotional time," said a man. "If we don't take care of business, anyone will think they can do this to us."
The flag at McDonalds on Winnie and Carson Street was lowered at half staff around 9 p.m.
"We just decided it was the right thing to do," said manager Julie Hentzen.
Government trucks blocked the opened sidewalks that lead up to the Capitol until around 9:30 a.m. when workers moved the vehicles.
Sgt. Lisa Kent, public affairs specialist from the Nevada National Guard, said the Guard across the state was on Threat Condition Delta, the highest alert for the National Guard. All Guard facilities are on lock down. Flags at the Guard facility on North Carson Street were lowered to half staff at 9:45 a.m.
April Conway, 2nd Lt, April Conway, public affairs officer for the Nevada National Guard said all Guard facilities in the state are searching vehicles on the installations, building exterior, double checking ID's and searching bags.
"We haven't been activated to go anywhere, we haven't been called up by the Governor. If we're called we'll go. If not we'll be ready."
"We should find the jerk that is going around and doing this and kill him," Thorn said.
"This is bigger than Pearl Harbor and the worst part is we don't know who's behind this yet," said Mike Newman, an employee at Eagle Valley Golf Course. He said employees and golfers alike are stunned.
"People are shocked and a little dazed. No one knows what to think. We don't know what's coming next. With modern technology how can this happen. You have to know where your planes are all the time. This is so sad."