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QU students Lauren Cleary, 19, of Abington, Mass., Monica Hall, 19, of Sutton, Mass., and Cate Duffy, 19, of Natick, Mass. are in Brussels. (Quinnipiac University) QU students Lauren Cleary, 19, of Abington, Mass., Monica Hall, 19, of Sutton, Mass., and Cate Duffy, 19, of Natick, Mass. are in Brussels. (Quinnipiac University)
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Students from several Connecticut colleges were in Belgium and even at the Brussels Airport at the time of Tuesday morning's terrorist attacks.

Quinnipiac University said four of its students were in Belgium and three of them were at the Brussels Airport during the terrorist attacks.

The school said it learned that the students, whom it said were women, were safe and at the U.S. Embassy in Brussels. The three students at the airport were studying in Ireland for the semester and traveled to Brussels for spring break.

The school said the fourth, who is also studying abroad but in Belgium, was not at the airport at the time of the explosions.

Lauren Cleary, of Abington, Ma., Monica Hall, of Sutton, Ma., and Cate Duffy, of Natick, Ma., were in Brussels at the time of the attacks. Dozens of people were killed in what Belgium officials called 'suicide attacks' at the Brussels Airport and train station.

All three ladies are 19-year-old sophomores in the occupational therapy program at Quinnipiac University. They said they were in Brussels for two days and were at the airport getting ready for a flight to London. 

"We were waiting to check in line and we heard like an explosion like a pop or boom, but we didn't see anything," Duffy said. "Thirty seconds later, another one. It was really loud, huge ball of fire, 50 feet from us. There was a panic. No one knew what to do. We just ran into the parking lot street area."

The three QU students talked to Eyewitness News from the U.S. Embassy in Brussels. 

"We were leading the pack, running the pack. We were the first ones," Cleary said. "We were at the farthest place of the airport you can be. Everyone was following us because we were the first to get out. It was was the fastest we ever ran."

The ladies said they were not injured, but the bombings were on both sides of them. 

Once they were outside, a father and son gave them a ride to the U.S. Embassy. 

"They were good Samaritans because they detected how nervous and scared they were," QU Public Relations John Morgan said. "They brought them to safety and we are appreciative of that." 

When asked if they would be weary to get on a plane, Duffy said it depends on where they are headed and that she loves to travel. 

"I think we are just going to be more aware of our surroundings and who is around us," Duffy said.

The three ladies are staying with a family that works at the U.S. Embassy. They were hoping to go to Paris, but there is currently a travel ban. 

One Western Connecticut State University student was studying aboard in Brussels and is safe, according to Director of Communications for Connecticut State Colleges and Universities Maribel La Luz. 

La Luz said that student was at the airport in Brussels waiting to pickup a friend when the attack happened. 

"She was in the Arrivals area and it’s our understanding the explosion was in the Departures area. We have confirmed that she is safe and with her host family," La Luz said. 

Eastern Connecticut State University in Willimantic said it also had one student studying in Brussels. It also confirmed that the student was safe.

"We were informed this morning by our partner organization that is hosting students in Belgium that he and all the other US students under their care are safe," ECSU Spokesman Edward Osborn said. 

La Luz said the individual's families and the host organization are talking with their university as they continue to monitor the situation. 

Two Trinity University students were traveling in Belgium at the time of the attacks. Trinity Spokeswoman Kathy Anderson said they have been in touch with the students and they are safe.  

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