revised from aerial photo posted across web, new photos including close-up of steel beams detail.
One of the first things Mayor Rudy Giuliani did after the attack was prohibit almost all photography at the site. Police and FBI agents were ordered to confiscate cameras on the spot. This is because pictures tell a story that words cannot. Pictures would lead to too many questions.
One key piece of photographic evidence that did survive was an aerial photo taken on Sept. 23, 2001, long before major clean-up operations had begun. Rescue workers and firefighters were still concerned with searching for human remains and even long-shot survivors.
This aerial photo shows what no other photo could: that the towers did not collapse down through the line of gravity, but were blown outwards in all directions for two or three times as far as the towers were wide, leaving a carpet of cleanly-cut steel beams and perimeter wall sections across the entire WTC complex. No force imaginable in a downward gravitational collapse can explain the lateral ejection of steel sections with the weight of a bulldozer for up to two football fields, at clocked speeds of up to 70 MPH.
As can be seen, the steel beam pieces are mostly straight as arrows, un-deformed by heat, and cut neatly at the ends. The steel beams do not wind up in a mound, as one would expect, in the towers' foundation. They are scattered fairly uniformly across the World Trade Center complex, which consisted of seven buildings.
Perimeter sections, which consisted of 15-inch wide beam assemblies covered with aluminum cladding, can be seen lying thickly across WTC 6, nearly two football fields away. Each one of these pieces weighed up to 20 or more tons.
Clickable aerial photo
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Circled pieces of steel beam and steel perimeter wall are approximately ten feet long
This rarely seen photo shows the width of the debris field and lateral ejections of steel and pulverized concrete debris, which can be explained only by high explosives.
Photo: debris field width
From lower right-hand corner of above aerial map, leaning against outer edge of WTC 4
From roof of WTC 4, massive perimeter wall sections, see 60-foot flatbed trucks at bottom for idea of scale.
Perimeter wall sections under construction
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