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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]

Larry Silverstein, WTC 7,
and the 9/11 Demolition

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.

A look at WTC 7 on 9/11...

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]

Heavy duty explosives were in WTC 7 on 9/11:

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]

Michael Hess 9/11 interview

Barry Jennings interview

"Seven is exploding..."

Firemen evacuated the area as they prepared for the collapse of Building Seven. [Ground Zero Spirit]

"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 official NIST explanation for the cause of the collapse is summarised as follows:

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]

This explanation is fundamentally flawed:

A close look at the collapse of WTC 7 offers a valid explanation for the building's demise:

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]

...but we are supposed to believe fires perfectly imploded WTC 7.

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?

Moreover, why does the heat signature of the twin towers' wreckage match that of WTC 7?

See also:

The Collapse of WTC 7: "A Wholesale Loss of Documents"
7 World Trade Center - The History
The 9/11 WTC Collapses: An Audio-Video Analysis

What Really Happened