Clayton Eshleman North Tower Exploding

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                              10:28 AM:
      top of the Tower: the antenna spire
      begins to descend before any movement occurs in the exterior walls
      (suggesting the Tower’s collapse begins with the destruction of
      what supports the antenna: the building’s fireproof core columns)

How could the debris crush 96 steel and concrete floors
while surging earthward at the speed of gravity?
Each floor shattered before the debris above it made contact
i.e., the debris never collided with any floors.

Most of the jet fuel was gone in the initial fire ball.
Black smoke = oxygen starved fires suffocating.
Jet fuel cannot melt steel or iron—
molten steel needs 2750ºF to melt.

1,434 peopled murdered

Over a hundred fell or jumped to their obliteration

The first departure occurred 4 minutes after the first plane hit, from the 149th window of the 93rd floor on the north face of the building. The “cascade” began 7 minutes later, with 13 falls in 2 minutes.

People hugging or holding hands as they fell together.

Did Eddie Torres jump?

Terminal velocity 120 MPH, up to 200 MPH if the person fell with the body straight

Karen Juday identified by her husband in a photograph wearing the familiar bandana she always put on at work, standing in a window frame, holding on, with flames behind her.

Edna Citron seen waving out from a deep gash in the north tower, smoke and flames behind her.

“I think most of the ‘jumpers’ actually lost their grip while gasping for air and were eventually burned out of the building by all the searing smoke, burning up their hands, burning up their backs.”

“It was raining bodies. They were jumping now, one, two, three, four, smashing like eggs on the ground.”

Man in a white waiter’s jacket, black pants, black high-tops, photographed by Richard Drew, frozen in a head-first dive, came to be known as The Falling Man.

Norberto Hernandez?

Jonathan Briley?

“Little people falling like fairies.”

“Some tried parachuting until the force generated by the fall ripped the drapes, the tablecloth, the desperately-gathered fabric, from their hands.”

“They were like big ketchup stains with clothing on top.”


21,300 windows
300,000 square feet of glass
100,000 tons of structured steel
2,500,000,000 square feet of gypsum
3 acres of marble
212,000 cubic feet of concrete become

horror dumps of pulverized debris,
molten metal flowing down into the rubble piles,
large salmon-yellow pools of molten metal in the post-collapse basement—
the end products of a radio-computer-initiated firing from Building 7
   using super-thermite matches?

Unspent aluminothermic explosives and matching residues
   were found in the Tower’s dust

      Karen Juday’s jawbone

along with Adolf Rumsfeld’s turned-off cell phone.

This material is © Clayton Eshleman
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