In the documentary “America Rebuilds”, aired September 2002, Larry Silverstein, the controller of the destroyed WTC complex, makes the following statement;
“I remember getting a call from the, er, fire department commander, telling me that they were not sure they were gonna be able to contain the fire, and I said, ‘We’ve had such terrible loss of life, maybe the smartest thing to do is pull it.’ And they made that decision to pull and we watched the building collapse.”
In 2005 a spokesman for Silverstein Properties stated “pull it” referred to withdrawing firefighters from WTC 7, but this statement does not withstand scrutiny.
The building fire alarm system [for WTC 7] was placed on TEST for a period of 8 h beginning at 6:47:03 a.m. on September 11, 2001. Ordinarily, this is requested when maintenance or other testing is being performed on the system, so that any alarms that are received from the system are considered the result of the maintenance or testing and are ignored. [NIST]
After the initial blast [Flight 11 hitting WTC 1], Housing Authority worker Barry Jennings, 46, reported to a command center on the 23rd floor of 7 World Trade Center. He was with Michael Hess, the city’s corporation counsel, when they felt and heard another explosion. First calling for help, they scrambled downstairs to the lobby, or what was left of it. “I looked around, the lobby was gone. It looked like hell,” Jennings said. [Traverse City Record Eagle 9/11/2001]
“That building right there, the brown building, the tall one, is number 7 World Trade Center.”
“We’ve heard several reports from several different officers now that that is the building that is going to go down next.”
“In fact one officer told me they’re just waiting for that to come down at this point.”
The heat from the uncontrolled fires caused steel floor beams and girders to thermally expand, leading to a chain of events that caused a key structural column to fail. The failure of this structural column then initiated a fire-induced progressive collapse of the entire building. [NIST]
Consider the facts:
- The fires in WTC 7 were not evenly distributed, so a perfect collapse was impossible.
- Heavy duty explosives were in the building.
- Silverstein spoke to his insurance carrier about demolishing the building.
- Silverstein said to the fire department commander “the smartest thing to do is pull it.”
- Firefighters withdrawing from the area stated the building was going to “blow up”.
- News media outlets had foreknowledge of the collapse.
- An explosion can be heard prior to the building’s penthouse collapse.
- Cutter charges can be heard immediately before the collapse.
- The building collapsed perfectly into its footprint at freefall speed.
Sometimes … a building is surrounded by structures that must be preserved. In this case, the blasters proceed with a true implosion, demolishing the building so that it collapses straight down into its own footprint (the total area at the base of the building). This feat requires such skill that only a handful of demolition companies in the world will attempt it. [HowStuffWorks]
Are you kidding me?
There can be only one conclusion as to what happened to WTC 7 – it was demolished.
When and why was the building rigged for demolition?