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"... that's number 1, number 2, and now number 7 that have come down from this explosion and folks just simply can't believe it. ... I just never for the life of me imagined that these huge buildings would just fall, and that's what happened, they just crumbled." [338kB wma download]

9/11 In Perspective:
The World Trade Center

If you didn't visit the World Trade Center prior to 9/11 it is difficult to grasp the scale of the buildings. The following photograph offers an effective perspective of the scale of events.

Front to rear: WTC 7, WTC 2, WTC 1

Points to note:

"The building was designed to have a fully loaded 707 crash into it, that was the largest plane at the time. I believe that the building could probably sustain multiple impacts of jet liners because this structure is like the mosquito netting on your screen door - this intense grid - and the plane is just a pencil puncturing that screen netting. It really does nothing to the screen netting."

Frank A. Demartini, on-site construction
manager for the World Trade Center

Why did these three massive buildings collapse into their footprints?

See also: The 9/11 WTC Collapses: An Audio-Video Analysis

What Really Happened

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