Sweat was pouring into the eyes of New York City bomb squad technician Jason Hallick inside a 90-pound, armored body suit as he disabled a pressure cooker bomb in Manhattan, he tells "NBC Nightly News" anchor Lester Holt.
The bomb was placed in Chelsea in September by Ahmad Khan Rahami, authorities say, and another one had already exploded, injuring 31 people. (Wounded in a shootout with police, Rahami has pleaded not guilty.)
Now, this second device spotted, it was up to NYPD bomb squad technicians, their suits and their robots to prevent more people from being hurt.
"Nobody here can ever be paralyzed by fear," bomb squad commander Mark Torre said in the exclusive interview with Holt. "But we all have that very healthy respect for the force of explosives and what it can do. So there was a healthy degree of tension. Everybody's very, very focused."