Continuous Explosions Leveled the Towers
The towers' destruction cannot be accurately described
without the word "explosion."
Huge clouds billowed out from the towers,
starting around the crash zones,
and grew rapidly as they consumed each tower,
converting them to fine powder and fragments of steel,
and depositing the bulk of the remains
outside of each tower's footprint in a radial pattern.
Incredibly, this stark reality has and continues to be
so consistently and widely denied
in government, media, industry, and academia,
that few Americans have even entertained the idea that the
towers were intentionally demolished.
One of the key underpinnings of that denial is
the fact that the explosions were continuous,
extending for the entire 15-second duration of each tower's collapse.
witnesses describe loud pops at their onsets,
the extended duration and loud roar of the explosions
apparently prevented most people from thinking of them as explosions.
Also, the repeated description of the events as collapses
by the broadcast networks must have had a powerful effect
in shaping people's understanding of them,
particularly given the heightened state of suggestibility
induced by the profound state of shock and disbelief most of them were in.
While helping to destroy the physical evidence,
FEMA did provide some information on the fallout pattern
from the tower explosions,
as well as a description of the pressure waves that accompanied the collapses,
in its report.
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The sudden collapse of each tower sent out air pressure waves
that spread dust clouds of building materials
in all directions for many blocks.
The density and pressure of the dust clouds were strong enough
to carry light debris and lift or move small vehicles
and break windows in adjacent buildings for several blocks around the WTC site.
In the months following the attack,
several people challenged the official account of the collapses
on the basis that fires could not have sufficiently compromised the
steel frames of the towers to induce their collapse.
Fewer people pointed to the fact that the explosive disintegrations
of the towers didn't look anything like any kind of gravity-driven collapse,
no matter what the nature of the events that preceded them.
Jeff King provided a straightforward account of the actual
characteristics of the collapses in his classic article,
How Strong Is The Evidence For A Controlled Demolition?,
which appeared in Plaguepuppy's Cafe.
page last modified: 2006-12-12