Public Sentiment Is Growing That The Twin Towers Were Destroyed by Explosions Not Fires
The federal authorities, in separate reports, have claimed that the Twin Towers spectacularly collapsed on 9/11 because of office fires caused by jet fuel. The National Institute of Standards and Technology, (NIST) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency, ( FEMA) site the intense heat which softened the steel and caused the giant 110 story Tower’s destruction.
The North Tower was the first to be struck by an airplane at 8:46 a.m. It collapsed at 10:28 a.m., 102 minutes later. The South Tower was struck at 9:03 and collapsed at 9:59, only 56 minutes later. The Two iconic structures were totally destroyed within 29 minutes of each other.
The Federal Emergency Management Authority, (FEMA) suggested that the heat induced failures in the buildings core columns initiated a progressive collapse. The National Institute for Standards and Technology, (NIST) stated that sagging floors pulled inward on the perimeter columns and this lead to the inward bowing of the perimeter columns which lead to failure of the North Towers south face and of the South Towers east face. NIST believes that a key event in the collapse sequence is the dislodging of fire proofing by the jet liners impact.
Many critics however including, scientists, architects, military officials, and engineers have expressed strong disagreement with the federal administrations account. They claim that the fires were not extremely hot, and cooled off quickly. They also refer to the dark smoke which is indicative of an oxygen starved fire of lower intensity. They claim that steel is an excellent conductor of heat and that the building was one giant steel structure which would have spread any heat out and away from the impact zone, thus decreasing the temperatures from the impact site. Some have even gone so far to say the airplane crashes were just the cover story, the deception, while explosions involving controlled demolition actually brought the buildings down.
The federal administration is adamant about office fires causing the collapses. This position, however, appears suspect for a number of reasons:
1. In the history of high- rise steel framed buildings a fire has never brought the building down, and there are numerous examples which include:
a. The 38 story One Meridian Plaza in Philadelphia burned for 18 hours on February 23, 1991, causing $100 million in damage,
b. The 63 story First Interstate Bank Building of Los Angeles which was the worst high-rise fire in the city’s history, burned on May 4, 1988 for 3.5 hours, causing an estimated $200 million in damage, with sixty-four fire companies battling the blaze,
c. The Caracas Tower, the tallest skyscraper in Venezuela at 45 stories, suffered a severe fire on October 17, 2004 and burned for more than 17 hours,
d. The One New York Plaza, a 50 story office tower, less than a mile from the WTC suffered a sever fire and explosion on August 5, 1970, and burned for more than 6 hours,
e. The Beijing Mandarin Oriental Hotel, a 520 foot tall structure burned like a torch for at least three hours.
None of these buildings collapsed. The Twin Towers were built strong, to withstand a hit from the largest air craft of its time, a 707 or DC 8 flying at 600 mph. These planes are comparable to the 767’s allegedly crashed into the Twin Towers. They are slightly smaller, but traveled at a faster projected speed than the planes that actually struck the Towers and hypothetically would have had a greater impact. The Twin Towers were constructed so that damage sustained would have been confined for the most part to the area of impact. The Twin Towers could also withstand the highest hurricane winds of 140 miles per hour. Fire retardant protection had also been applied to the Twin Towers. Fires from jet fuel do not burn nearly hot enough to melt steel, which melts at 2,800 degrees Fahrenheit. The hottest fires from the impact were approximately 1,700 degrees, and that was short lived as the jet fuel quickly burned off. Most of the metal studied by NIST showed exposure to fires around 500 degrees Fahrenheit.
2. The 9/11 Commission and the federal agencies investigating 9/11 disregarded the statements of at least 118 firemen who were witnesses, that saw and heard explosions. Some were actually in the Towers when the explosions went off. One hundred eighteen witnesses, and the federal administration failed to account for them, or even mention them in their reports, leaving these key and essential witnesses out of the report, erasing them from history.
Questions concerning the Commission’s work product raise legitimate concerns of competence, trustworthiness and negligence in gathering the facts. Moreso, there are questions raised about the pressures brought upon the Commission by the federal administration, and whether criminal intent to obstruct an investigation was involved by any parties. Are these federal reports trust worthy?
The Federal administration apparently began its investigation with the preconceived hypothesis that fire brought the Towers down. They never entertained the idea of another alternative hypothesis, such as controlled demolition explosives as a possible alternative hypothesis to fire.
Was there a reason to consider the explosion hypothesis as equally legitimate, and perhaps more so, than the fire hypothesis. Architects and Engineers as well as many scientists, think so, and consider it to be the most likely hypothesis.
The following indicators for an explosion hypothesis for the destruction of the Twin Towers are:
1. Nearly free fall acceleration through the path of greatest resistance.
2. Improbable symmetry of debris distribution.
3. Extremely rapid onset of destruction.
4. Over one hundred first responders reported explosions and flashes.
5. Four 20- ton steel column/ beam sections ejected laterally 600 feet (2 football fields) at 50 mph.
6. Mid-air pulverization of 90,000 tons of concrete and metal decking.
7. Massive volume of expanding pyroclastic-like clouds.
8. 1,200 foot diameter debris field.
9. No pancaked floors found.
10. Total building destruction: dismemberment of steel frame.
11. Isolated explosive ejections 20-40 stories below demolition front.
12. Several tons of molten iron found under all three buildings (Towers 1 and 2, Building 7).
13. Evidence of thermite incendiaries found in steel and dust samples.
14. FEMA steel analysis: sulfidation, oxidation and intergranular melting.
15. No precedent for steel-framed high rise collapse due to fire.
The jet fuel which entered the buildings from the airplane crashes burned off very quickly. The Federal administration claim that the fire retardant insulation would have been dislodged by the crash and that although the temperatures were not hot enough to melt steel they could have softened steel causing the collapse. Fire retardant material however, according to experts would burn off in two hours in an intense fire, but that still has never caused a steel structure high rise building which experienced prolonged, intense fires to soften and collapse. On 9/11 however, it happened, according to the federal investigators three times in one day. It also happened at WTC 7, the Salomon Brothers building, which collapsed into its own footprint at 5:20 pm and which was not struck by an airplane, nor exposed to any jet fuel.
Besides the mystery of Building 7’s collapse, there were hot spots located in the basement areas of WTC 7 and the Twin Towers a quarter of mile below the plane impact zone. This area contained molten iron which could not be put out by water, even though it was totally covered by water. FDNY found several tons of molten metal “flowing like lava” under all three high rises. 1400 F degrees office fires cannot produce 2700 + F molten steel without thermite incendiaries. The intense basement fires burned for weeks, and some for months.
Vaporized steel and melted steel, looking like pieces of swiss cheese also existed, which is indicative of temperatures far higher than anything a jet fuel fire can cause. Thermite temperatures can reach 4,500 degrees Fahrenheit. Thermite can destroy steel.
Suspiciously, negligently or, perhaps criminally, the evidence from the scene was not protected, and most of the evidence consisting of the destroyed steel was removed and shipped overseas as scrap metal before NIST or anyone could examine it.
Nano thermite is a high tech incendiary and explosive material manufactured at facilities related to the military. It has the ability to not only, almost instantly burn through steel like a hot knife through butter, but to explode the steel. Thermite also burns under water, as it creates its own oxygen.
In a paper entitled, “ActiveThermitic Material in Dust from the 9/11 World Trade Center Catastrophe” and presented by nine prominent scientists and researchers including scientists Niels Harritt, Stephen Jones and, Kevin Ryan, the conclusion is that nano thermite was used to collapse the WTC buildings. These scientists identified micro spheres formed from molten iron found in all four samples of 9/11 dust which they studied. The micro spheres are a byproduct of thermite. They also discovered red unignited thermite chips in all the samples.
The report concludes that based on their observations, “the red layer of the red/grey chips we have discovered in the WTC dust is active, unreacted thermitic material, incorporating nanotechnology, and is a highly energetic pyrotechnic or explosive material.”
Carbon nano tubes are now being found in the lungs of9/11 first responders by the medical profession. It is believed that because of the size and amount of the carbon nano tubes found, the first responders have actually become living exhibits and proof of the use of explosions at the World Trade Center Complex. These carbon nano tubes are characteristic of thermite exposure according to scientists studying the thermitic aspect of the WTC building’s destruction.