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There is a shot of a janitor running a floor waxing machine in a highrise building. There is some loud noise & major rumbling. The power goes out & he is in total darkness. There is a door at the end of the hall with daylight showing underneath. He opens the door & sees that the rest of the building (& many others) have been completely obliterated. The camera pans back & shows him standing in the open doorway.

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That sounds like a scene from The Day After Tomorrow (2004). Someone on a forum describes it like this:

there was a janitor cleaning the floors. [...] The janitor notices a lot of light coming from underneath the door so he goes and opens it. Now, the amount of light coming from underneath the door made it look like there was a spotlight pointed at it from the other side and when the janitor opens it that half of the building is gone.

EDIT: The janitor opens the door at the beginning of this YouTube clip.

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That sounds right. Thank you much! –  Vicki Jun 15 '13 at 21:35

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