eight ton steel I-beam is six inches thick. It was selected to be preserved for future generations for the
near perfect horseshoe bend ... it bent without almost a single crack in it. It takes thousands of degrees to
bend steel like this.
Thermal hot spots with temperatures in excess
of 700°C existed in the World Trade Center wreckage for months
after the collapses.
Ground Zero was a disaster site like no other—with hazards everywhere. Shards of
steel lay upon shards of steel, shifting and unstable, uncovering red hot metal
beams excavated from deep beneath layers of sub-floors, exposing further dark
The temperature at the core of "the pile," is near 2000
degrees Fahrenheit, according to fire officials, who add that the fires are too
deep for firefighters to get to. [ABC News, 09/18/2001]
In perfect conditions the maximum temperature that can be reached by hydrocarbons such as jet fuel
burning in air is 1520° F (825° C). When the World Trade Center collapsed the deeply buried fires would have
been deprived of oxygen and their temperatures would have significantly decreased.
Dr. Frank Gayle, Metals Expert, on the jet fuel fires which burned in the WTC buildings:
gut reaction would be the jet fuel is what made the fire so very intense, a lot of people figured that's what
melted the steel. Indeed it didn't, the steel did not melt." [Firehouse.com]
Molten steel did not exist in the WTC buildings prior to the collapses, but...
Molten steel was
found "three, four, and five weeks later, when the rubble was being removed [from WTCs 1 & 2]," Loizeaux said.
He said molten steel was also found at 7 WTC, which collapsed mysteriously in the late afternoon. [American Free
What you had were large columns of steel that were just stuck
into massive amounts of molten steel and other metals, that had just fused
together from the heat and bonded together from the strength of the collapse. [theeagle.com]
One of the more unusual
artefacts to emerge from the rubble is this rock-like object which has come to be known as "the meteorite".
"This is a fused element of molten steel and concrete all fused by the heat into one single element."
Conventional fires cannot account for the above, but thermite can.
thermite reaction generates extraordinarily high temperatures (>2500° C) and provides a credible explanation for
the fires, hot spots and molten steel (a by-product of the thermite reaction) found in the collapsed
Seeming molten material recorded by Alan Chin (left), in contrast with apparent
flaming debris (right), both recorded at Ground Zero on September 11, 2001.
"That photo was made approximately 20 minutes after the second, that is to
say, after both, towers were down. That's why the sky and air are so dark." [911blogger.com]