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Saturday, March 17, 2012

911 - WTC1 -I believe the bomb hit the lobby first!


 WTC1 BASEMENT AND LOBBY
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William Rodriguez
William Rodriguez

William Rodriguez – WTC survivor.  An American Building Maintenance employee for twenty years, responsible for inspection and maintenance at the World Trade Center, who held the master key for the stairs. He was the last person to leave the building on September 11 and has been credited with saving many lives.  For his efforts, he received the National Hero Award from the Senate of Puerto Rico.  Founder, Hispanic Victims Group.Article 6/24/05: Regarding an explosion in the sub-basement of the World Trade Center North Tower on 9/11, prior to any airplane impact. "When I heard the sound of the explosion, the floor beneath my feet vibrated, the walls started cracking and it everything started shaking," said Rodriguez, who was huddled together with at least 14 other people in the office. ... [Editor's note: At this point, Mr. Rodriguez was in sub-basement B1 of the North Tower, approximately 1,100 feet below the airplane's impact point at floors 93 to 98.]

"Seconds after the first massive explosion below in the basement still rattled the floor, I hear another explosion from way above," said Rodriguez.  "Although I was unaware at the time, this was the airplane hitting the tower, it occurred moments after the first explosion."

But before Rodriguez had time to think, co-worker Felipe David stormed into the basement office with severe burns on his face and arms, screaming for help and yelling "explosion! explosion! explosion!"

David had been in front of a nearby freight elevator on sub-level 1 about 400 feet from the office when fire burst out of the elevator shaft, causing his injuries.

"He was burned terribly," said Rodriguez. "The skin was hanging off his hands and arms. His injuries couldn't have come from the airplane above, but only from a massive explosion below. I don’t care what the government says, what scientists say. I saw a man burned terribly from a fire that was caused from an explosion below.

"I know there were explosives placed below the trade center. I helped a man to safety who is living proof, living proof the government story is a lie and a cover-up. ...

"I disagree 100%with the government story," said Rodriguez. "I met with the 9/11 Commission behind closed doors and they essentially discounted everything I said regarding the use of explosives to bring down the north tower.

"And I contacted NIST previously four times without a response. Finally, this week I asked them before they came up with their conclusion that jet fuel brought down the towers, if they ever considered my statements or the statements of any of the other survivors who heard the explosions. They just stared at me with blank faces and didn't have any answers." http://www.arcticbeacon

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Anthony Saltalamacchia
Anthony Saltalamacchia

Anthony Saltalamacchia – WTC Survivor.  Maintenance Supervisor at the World Trade Center, overseeing over 100 American Building Maintenance employees.
  • Video interview by William Rodriguez 9/07: "On the morning of September 11th, I was in my office.  I was just getting the work handed out to all the employees. ... [Editor's note: At this point, Mr. Saltalamacchia was in sub-basement B1 of the North Tower, approximately 1,100 feet below the airplane's impact point at floors 93 to 98.]

    We heard a massive explosion that was in the World Trade Center about 8:46 a.m. in the morning.  The explosion came from -- I believe at first we believed that it came from the Mechanical Room.  [Editor's note: The Mechanical Room was below them in a lower sub-basement .]

    Then we heard a series of other explosions that sounded up on the above levels of the building.  We then realized that there was something wrong and there was a major problem.  And about, I'd say, 14 to 15 people came running and screaming into our office. ...

    Then right after that the floor started shaking.  The tile from above, which was above us, started coming down, falling on us.  And we knew that there was something seriously wrong happening.

    A man came into the office.  He was a black man, very shaky, like in shock.  He had multiple wounds.  His arms were bleeding.  Skin was peeling off.  You could see basically his flesh.  It was a very tough thing to see. ... [Editor's note: Mr. Saltalamacchia is referring to Felipe David.]

    And as we're standing there, more explosions were happening.  A lot of screaming confusion. ...

    It was very smoky, very cloudy.  It just looked very serious.  We knew we had to get out of the building. ...

    The amount of explosions I've heard from 8:46 until the time we got out was so many, at least ten.  It was just like multiple explosions to where I felt like there were different grenades.  That's what it sounded like, it was different grenades being set off in the building.  It was like -- There was one major explosion, and then there was different explosions throughout that period of time until we got out.

    Do I believe six years after 9/11?  I don't know the truth.  I don't believe a word that they say.  I just don't believe  Everything they say is a cover up. ... No, definitely don't leave it alone.  I think that we should get documents to know the truth of what was really going on that we didn't know that we should know now." http://www.youtube.com
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Phillip Morelli
Phillip Morelli

Phillip Morelli
– WTC survivor.  Construction worker at the World Trade Center for seven years .
  • Video interview: "At 8:30 he says he was headed for level B-4 in Tower One [North Tower], four stories below ground.

    "... As I'm walking by the main freight car of the building, in the corridor, that's when I got blown.  I mean the impact of the explosion, from whatever happened, it threw me to the floor. And that's when everything started happening.  It knocked me right to the floor. You didn't know what it was.  Of course, you're assuming something fell over on the loading dock, something very heavy, something very big.  You don't know what happened.  And all of a sudden you just felt the floor moving. ... [Editor's note: At this point, Mr. Morelli was in the sub-basement of the North Tower, approximately 1,100 feet below the airplane's point of impact at floors 93 to 98.]

    I was racing -- I was going towards the bathroom.  All of a sudden.  I opened the door.  I didn't know it was a bathroom   And all of a sudden a big impact happened again.  And all the ceiling tiles were falling down.  The light fixtures were falling, swinging out of the ceiling.  And I come running out the door and everything, the walls were down.  And I now started running towards the parking lots."

    Nearly 100 floors below where the first plane hit Phil felt the devastating impact. ...

    "As I ran to the parking lots, you know, I mean, everybody screaming ... There was a lot of smoke down there. ... You gotta go clear across the whole -- from One to Two World Trade Center. That's the way you gotta run.

    And then all of a sudden it happened all over again.  Building Two got hit. I don't know that. I just know something else hit us to the floor.  Right in the basement you felt it. The walls were caving in.  Everything that was going on.  I know of people that got killed in the basement.  I know of people that got broken legs in the basement.  People got reconstructive surgery because the walls hit them in the face." http://real.ny1.com

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Marlene Cruz
Marlene Cruz

Marlene Cruz
– WTC survivor.  Carpenter employed at the World Trade Center for 15 years.

  • ABC 9/12/01: Peter Jennings interviewed Marlene Cruz the day after 9/11.  Ms. Cruz, a WTC carpenter, was injured in the basement of WTC North Tower on 9/11.  She was the first casualty from the WTC to arrive at Bellevue Hospital.

    Peter Jennings:
      So tell me how you're feeling.  How did you get there? What happened to you?

    Marlene Cruz:
      I work for the Trade Center.  I'm one of the carpenters.  And I was gonna go do a job.  And I got on the elevator, the freight elevator.  And I heard the first explosion.  And the elevator blew up.  The doors blew up.  And it dropped.  I was lucky that the elevator got caught between two floors.

    Peter Jennings:
      Which floors?

    Marlene Cruz:
      The B Levels.  The basement levels. ...  [Editor's note: At this point, Ms. Cruz was in the basement of the North Tower, approximately 1,100 feet below the airplane's point of impact at floors 93 to 98.]
    After the first explosion I was laying on the floor about 40 minutes.

    Peter Jennings:
      And how well do you know that subterranean part of the World Trade Center?

    Marlene Cruz:
      Well, I worked for the building for 15 years.  I think I know it from the back of my hand.  Really I didn't expect this bombing to occur after the first one, since I was in the first one, also.  But when I heard that explosion that's the first thing I thought was; here we go again, another bomb. http://youtube.com/watch?v=TSGZYP--wz0

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Mike Pecoraro
Mike Pecoraro

Mike Pecoraro
– WTC survivor.  Stationary Engineer who performed services in all of the buildings at the World Trade Center.
  • Article Chief Engineer 2002: Mike Pecoraro and a co-worker were working in the sub-basement of the North Tower when the first airplane hit. "They had been told to stay where they were and "sit tight" until the Assistant Chief got back to them. By this time, however, the room they were working in began to fill with a white smoke. "We smelled kerosene," Mike recalled, "I was thinking maybe a car fire was upstairs", referring to the parking garage located below grade in the tower but above the deep space where they were working. [Editor's note: At this point, Mr. Pecoraro was in the sub-basement of the North Tower, approximately 1,100 feet below the airplane's impact point at floors 93 to 98.]
    The two decided to ascend the stairs to the C level, to a small machine shop where Vito Deleo and David Williams were supposed to be working. When the two arrived at the C level, they found the machine shop gone.

    "There was nothing there but rubble, " Mike said. "We're talking about a 50 ton hydraulic press? gone!" The two began yelling for their co-workers, but there was no answer. They saw a perfect line of smoke streaming through the air. "You could stand here," he said, "and two inches over you couldn't breathe. We couldn't see through the smoke so we started screaming." But there was still no answer.

    The two made their way to the parking garage, but found that it, too, was gone. "There were no walls, there was rubble on the floor, and you can't see anything" he said.  [Editor's note: At this point, Mr. Pecoraro was in the basement of the North Tower, approximately 1,100 feet below the airplane's point of impact at floors 93 to 98.]

    They decided to ascend two more levels to the building's lobby. As they ascended to the B Level, one floor above, they were astonished to see a steel and concrete fire door that weighed about 300 pounds, wrinkled up "like a piece of aluminum foil" and lying on the floor. "They got us again," Mike told his co-worker, referring to the terrorist attack at the center in 1993. Having been through that bombing, Mike recalled seeing similar things happen to the building's structure. He was convinced a bomb had gone off in the building. Mike walked through the open doorway and found two people lying on the floor. One was a female Carpenter and the other an Elevator Operator. They were both badly burned and injured." http://www.chiefengineer.org

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WTC Survivor
Arthur DelBianco

Arthur DelBianco
– WTC Survivor.  An American Building Maintenance employee.  Worked 15 years at the World Trade Center.

  • Video interview 9/11/01: "...and then all of a sudden it started like -- It sounded like gunfire.  You know, bang, bang, bang, bang, bang.  And then all of a sudden three big explosions." http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5IqSsTmWv7k&eurl=

  • NBC Today Show Video interview with Arthur DelBianco, Marlene Cruz, and Hursley Lever 9/12/01:  At time of the first plane impact, Arthur DelBianco was in WTC 1 (North Tower).

    "I was heading up to the 106th or 7th floor in an elevator.  And around the 70th floor I heard -- the lights flicked in the elevator and a rumble and then I heard people screaming on the radio, "I'm trapped.  Get me out.  Get us out.  Get us out.  Fire!  Fire!"  I told the elevator operator to open the door and get the people wherever we were on.  And we took them down to the ground level. ...
    I went downstairs looking for my fellow workers, because at that time I didn't know the extent of the explosion.  I thought it was just an explosion, not that it was two planes that ran into the building.  So we're looking subgrade for fellow workers.  And I got out of the building at one point and saw the two planes and the building burning. ...

    I went looking for my friend, Hursley Lever, over here, and couldn't find him.  Myself and Mike Pecoraro were back in the building looking for him and we couldn't find him.  We helped the paramedics to work their way down and the firemen to work their way down because Marlene [Cruz] was hurt on the second level below ground.
    At that point, we got out because the smoke and the water was getting too heavy.  And when I got up to the concourse level it was just like gunfire and then and then, just three big explosions.  And the elevator banks came down and the windows and glass and the stainless steel and the marble just started pushing us.  We started running to get out of there.  And it pushed us through the rubble like 25 to 50 feet.

    I wound up handing by an elevator pit with my hand on a turnstyle. When I awoke, when it stopped, I felt someone walk over to me and it was a firefighter. ... And as we went along trying to find our way out to Liberty Street, we just grabbed people along the way. ... When I got outside, the building come down. ... We'd just stepped across the street by the financial center and the building started coming down." http://www.youtube.com
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Felipe David
Felipe David

Felipe David
– WTC Survivor.  An Aramark Co. maintenance employee at the World Trade Center.

  • Article by Greg Szymanski 7/13/05: 

    "Two more WTC workers have come forward with eye-witness testimony that a huge explosion ripped apart the lower levels of the north tower at about the same time a jetliner rammed into the top floors.

    The pair not only reported hearing an underground blast, but were both injured, one suffering severe burns to the face, arms and hands and the other cuts and bruises after being trapped in a stalled basement elevator.

    Burn victim, Felipe David, employed by Aramark Co. and Salvatore Giambanco, a WTC office painter trapped in a basement elevator, were both unavailable for comment, but made their explosive testimony - never before released in America - to a Colombian television station in 2002 on the first anniversary of 9/11. ...

    Standing in front of a freight elevator on sub level 1 near the office where Willie Rodriguez and 14 others were huddled together when the explosion erupted below, David said in the taped interview:

    "That day I was in the basement in sub-level 1 sometime after 8:30am. Everything happened so fast, everything moved so fast. The building started shaking after I heard the explosion below, dust was flying everywhere and all of a sudden it got real hot.

    [Editor's note: At this point, Mr. David was in the basement of the North Tower, approximately 1,100 feet below the airplane's point of impact at floors 93 to 98.]


    "I threw myself onto the floor, covered my face because I felt like I was burned. I sat there for a couple of seconds on the floor and felt like I was going to die, saying to myself 'God, please give me strength.'"

    Although severely burned on his face, arms and hands with skin hanging from his body like pieces of cloth, David picked himself up, running for help to the office were Rodriguez and others were gathered.

    "When I went in, I told them it was an explosion," said David, who was then helped out of the WTC by Rodriguez and eventually taken by ambulance to New York Hospital."  http://www.arcticbeacon.com

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Hursley Lever
Hursley Lever

Hursley Lever
– WTC Survivor.  An American Building Maintenance mechanic.  Worked 12 years at the World Trade Center.

  • NBC Today Show Video interview with Arthur DelBianco, Marlene Cruz, and Hursley Lever 9/12/01:  "I was in the B-4 level. ...  I heard a bomb.  [Editor's note: At this point, Mr. Lever was in sub-basement B4 of the North Tower, approximately 1,100 feet below the airplane's impact point at floors 93 to 98.]

    So, I says, 'Probably a transformer again blew up.'  So I step back, finish what I had to finish, and I started towards the door again.  And there came a big blast with a big ball of fire.  And that's when I got hit.  It hit me right back down on the ground and I realized my ankle was shattered." http://www.youtube.com


  • Article Boston Globe 9/16/01:

    "An aura of security, even after the World Trade Center bombing in 1993, remained intact in the North Tower basement after the first assault last Tuesday. When Lever heard a "poof" from that crash, he thought that a transformer had blown again.

    "I'm still doing what I'm doing," Lever recalled of his reaction. "Then I walk toward the door and heard a big explosion. And when I look, I see a ball of fire coming toward the door." [Editor's note: At this point, Mr. Lever was in sub-basement B4 of the North Tower, approximately 1,100 feet below the airplane's impact point at floors 93 to 98.]

    After being knocked across the room, with the lights out and black smoke everywhere, Lever heard a co-worker (
    Jose Sanchez, BELOW) calling him by his nickname from across the shop. "`Chino, Chino, are you all right?"' Lever recalled. [Editor's note: The co-worker is Jose Sanchez.]

    Lever answered that he could not walk, but that they would escape together. He told his co-worker: "You stay low. You stay on your hands and knees. And you stay behind me."

    Crawling and hopping from door to door, Lever prayed that the doors would not be locked. Lever said he never panicked, crediting his Army combat training for clear thinking in the crisis.

    When they emerged from the World Trade Center, Lever recalled, a police officer shouted at them to hit the ground. The pair made their way to a Secret Service-owned Bronco, where Lever was placed on his back.

    A two-way radio in the vehicle delivered even more unbelievable news: A second plane was about to strike the World Trade Center. On his back, Lever could only watch as the warning became reality. Several people left the Bronco and fled for their lives, Lever said, as flame, smoke, and debris rained around them." http://www.boston.com
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Jose Sanchez – WTC Survivor.  An employee of American Building Maintenance.  Worked 14 years at the World Trade Center.
  • Article by Greg Szymanski 7/12/05:

    "A second WTC maintenance worker has now come forward with eye-witness testimony that a massive explosion erupted in the lower levels of the north tower at approximately the same time the jetliner struck the tower’s top floors.

    Jose Sanchez, 45, of New Jersey in a never-released tape recorded statement made in early 2002 to William Rodriguez, the first WTC maintenance man to claim a bomb exploded in the north tower basement, said he heard what sounded like a “huge bomb,” causing lights to flicker on and off, while he worked in a small sub-level 4 workshop. [Editor's note: At this point, Mr. Sanchez was in sub-basement B4 of the North Tower, approximately 1,100 feet below the airplane's impact point at floors 93 to 98.]

    Sanchez, who worked for American Building Maintenance Co. at the WTC for 14 years, was unavailable for comment, but made the taped 2002 statement to Rodriguez, recounting his 9/11 personal experience.

    Sanchez, who fell on hard times after 9/11, revealed the details of a basement bomb-like explosion while Rodriguez and two CNN interns, Carolina Inojosa and Evita Zerebrinsky, interviewed victims and documented information for the many unfortunate people having trouble getting needed government assistance after 9/11. ...

    “I knew Jose very well since we worked for the same company,” said Rodriguez in a telephone conversation from his New Jersey apartment. “At the time, I taped his statements, I was more concerned about getting people needed assistance and, anyway, back then I really thought the government was seriously investigating the WTC attacks.

    “But since then I have learned otherwise. I realize now they are covering-up the real truth and that’s why I want to release Jose’s statement. What really upsets me and, you can take this message to the White House, is that people like Jose and many others like him who experienced what happened in the basement of the north tower were simply ignored and never interviewed by the 9/11 Commission.

    “If they really wanted to get at the truth, these are the very people who should have been interviewed, not public officials who knew very little about what occurred inside the buildings that tragic morning.

    “However, instead we all have been ignored in order to cover up the truth. The victims, those who died and the families who lost loved ones deserve nothing less than the truth and I intend to keep talking until the truth is finally told.”

    Sanchez’s explosive comments, shooting another large hole in the government story, now adds even more credibility to Rodriguez’s recent statements that he heard a massive explosion in the WTC basement just seconds prior to the jetliner striking above while working in a sub-level 1 office along side 14 others, all who heard and felt the very same thing as Rodriguez.

    Since the outset, the government has stood firm that only burning jet fuel brought down the towers, but has ignored mounting eye-witness testimony and scientific data showing that a controlled demolition was an additional cause.

    The government also has not fully explained why it immediately tampered with a crime scene, a criminal offense, by having all the hard evidence from the WTC removed and shipped overseas before independent investigators had a chance to study the structural components of the towers in order to help determine the real cause of the tower’s collapse.

    While arguments continue in the scientific community about the structural cause of the WTC collapse, Sanchez’s eye-witness testimony adds more credibility that explosives were placed and detonated in the lower level of the north tower.

    In the 2002 taped statement, Sanchez recalls, at the same time Rodriguez and the others heard the explosion, being in a small sub-level 4 workshop with another man who he only knew by the name of Chino when, out of nowhere, the blast sounded as the two men were cutting a piece of metal. [Editor's note: Chino is the nickname of Hursley Lever (ABOVE).]

    “It sounded like a bomb and the lights went on and off,” said Sanchez in the tape recording. “We started to walk to the exit and a huge ball of fire went through the freight elevator. The hot air from the ball of fire dropped Chino to the floor and my hair got burned,” said Sanchez in the tape recording. “The room then got full of smoke and I remember saying out loud ‘I believe it was a bomb that blew up inside the building.’

    “I said ‘Chino, let’s go we gotta get out of here.’ But Chino was wounded and told me he needed help. I remember him saying that the hot air came with such force that it broke his leg. We finally went out through another exit and his leg and knee were both broken.”

    Sanchez, all the time helping Chino, then recalls exiting into a parking lot on sub-level 4 where he encountered a group of other people also trying to flee. In the parking lot, a person assisted the pair, wrapping Chino’s leg with a bandage from a first aid kit.

    Chino was then driven in an SUV to safety while Sanchez decided to walk up four flights of stairs through the stairwell, trying to exit at the plaza level but being turned back by debris and falling glass.

    “I went back down the stairwell to B-4 and encountered several people coming up. I told them to turn back around and then went across the parking lot up another stairwell, making a left and then finally getting outside,” said Sanchez. “It took about 15 or 20 minutes to get outside and for me it was like a bomb with huge smoke all around. Then when I got outside, the other plane hit the south tower. It looked and felt like a war as I hid behind a wall to get out of the way of falling debris." http://www.arcticbeacon.citymaker.com
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Michelle Scott
Michelle Scott

Evalle Sweezer
Evalle Sweezer


Michelle Scott
– WTC survivor.  Office Worker, WTC North Tower.
Evalle Sweezer – WTC survivor.  Office Worker, WTC North Tower.
  • Video interview on WABC 9/11/01:

    Interviewer: 
    The ladies that are with me were in the World Trade Center in the first building [North Tower] and escaped through the lobby, where they report they believe there was a bomb in the lobby.

    Michelle Scott:
      We ran down the steps to the lobby.  There was no lobby.  Everything was torn up.  And even the turnstyle was burnt and it was sticking up.  And they just told us to run.

    Evalle Sweezer:
      My boss ran out of the office.  He said one thing, "Run!"  Everybody just ran.  And we ran down the stairs.  They told us to come back up the stairs.  And we were like, "Come back up the stairs?  Are you crazy?"  So we continued down the stairs.  We came outside in the lobby.  There was no lobby.  The lobby was totally gone.

    Interviewer:
      Did you see other people?

    Evalle Sweezer:
      People?  There was a woman with her face blown off. ... And as we were coming out we passed the lobby.  There was no lobby.  So I believe the bomb hit the lobby first.    And in a couple of seconds, the first plane hit.   http://www.youtube.com
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911 - WTC1 - Edna Cintron -NO FIRES, NO INFERNO


Edna Cintron
Edna Cintron Close-up
Edna Cintron Mid
Magnified photo of impact
Edna Cintron Distance
Airplane Impact at North Tower
Edna Cintron – WTC victim.  Administrative Assistant, Marsh & McLennan, WTC North Tower

911 - Frank A. DeMartini opinion



Frank DeMartini
Frank A. DeMartini

Frank A. DeMartini
– WTC victim.  Architect and WTC Construction Manager, North Tower, 88th floor.  Demartini first worked at the World Trade Center when Leslie E. Robertson Associates hired him to assess damage from the terrorist truck bombing in 1993.

  • Video interview 1/25/01: "The [Twin Tower] 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 probably could sustain multiple impacts of jetliners because this structure is like the mosquito netting on your screen door. This intense grid ­ and the jet-plane is just a pencil puncturing that screen netting. It really does nothing to the screen netting." http://video.google.com
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911 - WTC2 survivors


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Brian Clark
Brian Clark

Brian Clark
– WTC survivor.  Manager at Euro Brokers, WTC South Tower, 84th floor.
  • Interviewed in the documentary film Zero: An Investigation Into 9/11  10/26/07:

    "On September 11, 2001, I was employed by a company called Euro Brokers and our offices were on the 84th floor of the South Tower, which was the second building to be hit that day with an airplane.  And I was working away at my computer and at 8:46 in the morning, there was this loud BOOM. ...

    Two or three minutes later I started talking with one fellow named Bobby Call ... and as he was telling me this -- BOOM  BOOM -- this double explosion and our building shook. ... Everything just exploded in our room.  Now we're on the 84th floor.  What I didn't know at the time was that the second plane had hit six floors below us on the 78th floor. ... We dusted ourselves off and I said, "Come on.  Let's go home." ...

    When I looked down there, I didn't see flames.  I just sensed that it was the right thing to go and try and test it.  We would go as far as we could until we were stopped by flames.  And when we came to the 78th floor, the last layer was standing, but it was cracked, and there were flames licking up the other side of the wall, like this.  It wasn't a roaring inferno.  I sensed that the flames were maybe starved for oxygen right there, you know, in the interior.  We kept going and we got onto the 74th floor, when we got down that far, normal conditions -- the lights were on, fresh air was coming up from below. ...

    My ears were hearing loud explosions at ground level.  Very mysterious.  Explosions that seemed to be at ground level as opposed to high in the air."
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Tom Elliot – WTC survivor.  Aon Corporation, WTC South Tower, 103rd floor.
  • Article Christian Science Monitor 9/17/01: "Tom Elliott was at work in his office at the Aon Corp., an insurance brokerage firm, on the 103rd floor of the World Trade Center's other, south tower. ...

    He was just typing in a response when a bright flash of light startled him, and a rumble shook the structure [First plane impact on the North Tower]. Flames appeared to be crawling up the outside of the building, along with dark smoke and debris, burning paper and ash. ...

    "I don't know what's happening, but I think I need to be out of here," he remembers thinking. ...

    Elliott and two others headed down the building stairwell, a narrow beige corridor with a yellow stripe painted down the middle of concrete steps. ...

    They had descended three more floors [to the 67th floor] when United Airlines Flight 175 slammed into their own south tower like an arrow from a giant crossbow. It was 9:03 a.m. [Editor's note: At this point, Mr. Elliot was on the 67th floor of the South Tower, approximately 150 feet below the airplane's center of impact on floors 78 to 84.]

    Although its spectacularly televised impact was above Elliott, at first he and those around him thought an explosion had come from below. An incredible noise - he calls it an "exploding sound" - shook the building, and a tornado of hot air and smoke and ceiling tiles and bits of drywall came flying up the stairwell.

    "In front of me, the wall split from the bottom up," he says." http://www.csmonitor.com/2001/0917/p1s1-usgn.html

911 - Chief Orio Palmer and WTC2



Chief Orio Palmer
– WTC victim.  Chief of Battalion 7, FDNY, Manhattan.

  • Transcript of FDNY radio communications on 9/11: Battalion Chief Orio Palmer took an elevator to the 41st floor of the South Tower, then climbed the stairs to the 78th floor. With him was Fire Marshal Ronald Bucca, who had climbed the stairs from the ground floor. They were the first firefighters to reach an airplane impact zone in either the North or South Tower. According to the 9/11 Commission Report, United Flight 175 impacted the South Tower, "crashing through the 77th to 85th floors".

    9:52 a.m.

    Chief Palmer:
    "Battalion Seven ... Ladder 15, we've got two isolated pockets of fire. We should be able to knock it down with two lines. Radio that, 78th floor numerous 10-45 Code Ones."

    Ladder 15:
    "What stair are you in, Orio?"

    Battalion Seven Aide:
    "Seven Alpha to lobby command post."

    Ladder Fifteen:
    "Fifteen to Battalion Seven."

    Chief Palmer: "... Ladder 15."

    Ladder 15:
    "Chief, what stair you in?"

    Chief Palmer: "South stairway Adam, South Tower."

    Ladder 15:
    "Floor 78?"

    Chief Palmer: "Ten-four, numerous civilians, we gonna need two engines up here."

    Ladder 15:
    "Alright ten-four, we're on our way."

    9:52 a.m.

    Battalion Seven Aide:
    "Seven Alpha for Battalion Seven."

    Chief Palmer: "South tower, Steve, south tower, tell them ...Tower one."

    Chief Palmer: "Fifteen."

    Chief Palmer: "I'm going to need two of your firefighters, Adam stairway, to knock down two fires. We have a house line stretched we could use some water on it, knock it down, kay."

    Ladder 15:
    "Alright ten-four, we're coming up the stairs. We're on 77 now in the B stair, I'll be right to you."

    Ladder 15 Roof:
    "Fifteen Roof to 15. We're on 71. We're coming right up."

    9:57 a.m.

    "Division 3 ... lobby command, to the Fieldcom command post."

    Chief Palmer: "Operations Tower One to floor above Battalion Nine."

    Battalion Nine Chief:
    "Battalion Nine to command post."

    Battalion Seven Operations Tower One:
    "Battalion Seven Operations Tower One to Battalion Nine, need you on floor above 79. We have access stairs going up to 79, kay."

    Battalion Nine:
    "Alright, I'm on my way up, Orio."

    Two minutes later, at 9:58:59, the South Tower collapsed in 10 seconds.   http://911research.wtc7.net


  • Editor's note: Chief Palmer's calm assessment of the situation and his confidence that the "two isolated pockets of fire" can be controlled with two more firefighters raises doubts about the existence of raging fires at the impact point hot enough to substantially weaken steel, which according to the official account caused the collapse of the South Tower two minutes after his last radio message.  See also Edna Cintron.

911 - firefighters etc. outside testimonies

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Beth Fertig
Beth Fertig

Beth Fertig
– WTC survivor.  Senior Reporter, WNYC Radio News 1995 - present.  Frequent contributor to National Public Radio.   Recipient of the prestigious Alfred I. duPont Columbia University Award for broadcast journalism.  Former newspaper reporter in Boston.
  • Women Journalists at Ground Zero by Suzanne Huffman and Judith L. Sylvesterby (2002):  Ms. Fertig was standing near the World Trade Center recording the sounds and her impressions of the impact of the planes when WTC 2 (South Tower) began to collapse.  She gave this interview to the authors after the event.
    "I heard this huge rumbling noise like an elevated train above my head.  I'm staring at this in disbelief.  I just held my microphone out to get the sound of it and, after a few seconds started narrating what I'm seeing. ...

    It just descended like a timed explosion - like when they are deliberately bringing a building down.  It was the strangest thing to see.  It was coming down so perfectly that in one part of my brain I was thinking, 'They got everyone out, and they’re bringing the building down because they have to.' "   http://books.google.com
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Raymond Downey
Deputy Chief Raymond Downey


John Delendick
Father John Delendick

Deputy Chief Raymond Downey
– WTC victim.  Commanding Officer of the Special Operations Command (SOC), FDNY.  39-year veteran.  Most heavily decorated firefighter in FDNY history.

Chief Downey was a renowned expert on building collapses.  In testimony before the U.S. Senate, Battalion Chief and Executive Officer of Hazardous Material Operations, Robert Ingram, FDNY referred to him as “the premiere collapse expert in the country.”  In a public hearing of the 9/11 Commission, Commissioner Timothy Roemer described Chief Downey as a “very, very respected expert on building collapse."

According to Fire Engineering Magazine, "Chief Downey was nationally known for his pioneering efforts in the field of technical rescue and was the unofficial leader of the FEMA Urban Search and Rescue Teams he trained for disaster response throughout the United States and the world. Chief Downey commanded rescue operations at many difficult and complex disasters, including the Oklahoma City Bombing, the 1993 World Trade Center Bombing, and many natural disasters worldwide."

Father John Delendick – WTC survivor.  Chaplain, FDNY.
  • Statement of Father John Delendick recorded by FDNY on 12/6/01:

    Father Delendick:  The top of the building [South Tower] kind of started to rumble, and we all looked up. ... We heard a rumbling noise, and it appeared that that first tower, the South Tower, had exploded, the top of it.  That's what I saw, what a lot of us saw. ...

    I remember asking Ray Downey was it the jet fuel that blew up.  He said at that point he thought there were bombs up there because it was too even.  As we've since learned, it was the jet fuel that was dropping down that caused all this.  But he said it was too even. ... So his original thought was that he thought it was a bomb up there as well. ...

    [After the collapse of the South Tower]  A whole group of us started moving north again.  I'm not sure who I was with.  We just started moving north.  When we got to the corner of West and Vesey, we heard that kind of same rumbling noise.  And someone just yelled run, and we all started running.  Some people ran north.  I ran with a whole bunch of people going towards the river.  [And then the North Tower collapsed.] http://graphics8.nytimes.com


  • The Last Men Out (2004) by Tom Downey (nephew of Chief Downey):

    "Since the second plane hit, at 9:03, the scene has become even more chaotic. Downey check in with the Chiefs, who are trying to formulate a plan to deal with the chaos.  Downey says he is worried about secondary devices in the towers, explosive devices that could hurt the firemen. ...

    [Chief Downey said to Capt. Al Fuentes, head of the Marine Division, FDNY]   'Al, tell the guys to watch out for secondary devices.'  Downey still thinks there might be bombs in there ..."

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Thomas Fitzpatrick
   Deputy Fire Commissioner
Thomas Fitzpatrick

Deputy Fire Commissioner Thomas Fitzpatrick
– WTC survivor.  Deputy Commissioner for Administration, FDNY.  In 2001, he was serving his 32nd year with FDNY. He began his career at Ladder Company 38 in the Bronx and later served in Ladder Company 4, and Rescue Company 1 in Manhattan. He served in the Marine Division and the Division of Training. He served as Senior Policy Advisor and an Executive Officer to three successive Fire Commissioners.
  • Statement recorded by FDNY 10/1/01: Regarding the collapse of WTC South Tower.  "We looked up at the building straight up, we were that close.  All we saw was a puff of smoke coming from about 2 thirds of the way up. Some people thought it was an explosion.  I don't think I remember that. I remember seeing it, it looked like sparkling around one specific layer of the building.  I assume now that that was either windows starting to collapse like tinsel or something.  Then the building started to come down.  My initial reaction was that this was exactly the way it looks when they show you those implosions on TV.  I would have to say for three or four seconds anyway, maybe longer.  I was just watching." http://graphics8.nytimes.com

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Stephen Gregory
Assistant Fire Commissioner Stephen Gregory

Assistant Fire Commissioner Stephen Gregory
– WTC survivor.  Bureau of Communications, FDNY
  • Statement recorded by FDNY 10/3/01: "I don't know how valid this is with everything that was going on at that particular point in time, but for some reason I thought that when I looked in the direction of the Trade Center before it came down, before No. 2 [South Tower] came down, that I saw low-level flashes.  In my conversation with Lieutenant Evangelista, never mentioning this to him, he questioned me and asked me if I saw low-level flashes in front of the building, and I agreed with him because I thought -- at that time I didn't know what it was. I mean, it could have been as a result of the building collapsing, things exploding, but I saw a flash flash flash and then it looked like the building came down.

    Q. Was that on the lower level of the building or up where the fire was?

    A. No, the lower level of the building. You know like when they demolish a building, how when they blow up a building, when it falls down? That's what I thought I saw. And I didn't broach the topic to him, but he asked me. He said I don't know if I'm crazy, but I just wanted to ask you because you were standing right next to me. He said did you see anything by the building? And I said what do you mean by see anything? He said did you see any flashes? I said, yes, well, I thought it was just me. He said no, I saw them, too. ....

    Q. On the television pictures it appeared as well, before the first collapse, that there was an explosion up on the upper floors.

    A. I know about the explosion on the upper floors. This was like eye level. I didn't have to go like this. Because I was looking this way. I'm not going to say it was on the first floor or the second floor, but somewhere in that area I saw to me what appeared to be flashes. I don't know how far down this was already. I mean, we had heard the noise but, you know, I don't know." http://graphics8.nytimes


  • Editor's note: Despite hundreds of eyewitness reports of explosions throughout the Twin Towers by doomed victims, survivors, emergency service personnel, reporters, and bystanders, the 9/11 Commission Report contains virtually no mention of them and entirely ignores them in its conclusions.  Graeme MacQueen's analysis of oral histories of 9/11 taken from 503 FDNY survivors reveals more than 100 FDNY personnel reported explosions in the Twin Towers.

911 - WTC1 - firefighters testimonies



Albert Turi
Chief Albert Turi, Jr.

Chief Albert Turi, Jr.
– WTC survivor.  Currently serves as Chief of the Bureau of Training, FDNY.  On 9/11, served as Deputy Assistant Chief of Safety, FDNY.
  • Statement recorded by FDNY 12/10/01: Chief Turi arrived at the WTC just prior to and witnessed the second airplane impact.  He entered the North Tower lobby shortly after the second impact, where a temporary command post was located.

    "Q: Let me stop you there for a second, chief.   When you were in the lobby of 1 World Trade, can you describe the interior and the condition of the lobby?

    Chief Turi: Yes. I was surprised that all the glass was mostly out. I wasn't sure how it got out. I didn't think we took it out. I just assumed that it was the vibration of the aircraft hitting it. And I did notice some pieces of marble that looked like it was dislodged from the core area. ... [Editor's note: At this point, Chief Turi was in the lobby of the North Tower, approximately 1,100 feet below the airplane's impact point at floors 93 to 98.]

    And as my eyes traveled up the building, and I was looking at the south tower, somewhere about halfway up, my initial reaction was there was a secondary explosion, and the entire floor area, a ring right around the building blew out. I later realized that the building had started to collapse already and this was the air being compressed and that is the floor that let go. And as my eyes traveled further up the building, I realized that this building was collapsing ..." http://graphics8.nytimes.com


  • Statement of Firefighter Timothy Julian, conducted by Chief Turi, recorded by FDNY 12/10/01:

    Firefighter Julian: ... that's when I heard the building collapse.

    First I thought it was an explosion.  I thought maybe there was a bomb on the plane, but delayed type of thing, you know, secondary device.

    Chief Turi: I was convinced for a week it was secondary devices.

    Firefighter Julian: You know, and I just heard like an explosion and a then a cracking type of noise, and then it sounded like a freight train, rumbling and picking up speed, and I remember I looked up, and I saw it coming down ... " http://graphics8.nytimes.com


  • NBC report 9/11/01:

    NBC Anchor: NBC’s Pat Dawson is close to the scene of that attack. Pat?

    Pat Dawson: Just moments ago, I spoke to the Chief of Safety for the New York City Fire Department. The chief, Albert Turi, he received word of the possibility of a secondary device, that is, another bomb going off. He tried to get his men out as quickly as he could. But he said that there was another explosion, which took place. And then an hour after the first hit here, the first crash that took place, he said there was another explosion that took place in one of the towers here. He thinks that there were actually devices that were planted in the building. The second device, he thinks, he speculates, was probably planted in the building." video segment at 39:05 of the 89 minute version of Loose Change, 2nd Edition.
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Dennis Tardio
Captain Dennis Tardio


Patrick Zoda
Patrick Zoda

Captain Dennis Tardio
– WTC survivor.  Engine 7 FDNY Firefighter Patrick Zoda – WTC survivor.  Engine 7 FDNY
  • Documentary film, 9/11 by Jules and Gedeon Naudet recorded 9/11/01:

    Tardio: What do we do? We made it outside. We made it about a block.
    Zoda: We made it at least two blocks.
    Tardio: Two blocks.
    Zoda: And we started running
    Tardio: Pop, pop, pop, pop, pop, pop, pop, pop.
    Zoda: Floor by floor, it started poppin’ out.
    Tardio: It was like, it was if, it was as if they had detonators.
    Zoda: Yeah, detonators.

    Tardio: You know, as if they were plannin' to take down a building.  Boom, boom, boom, boom, boom, boom, boom, boom, boom.

    Zoda: All the way down. I was watchin’ it and running.  And then you just saw this cloud of s**t chasing, chasing you down." video segment at 47:35 of the 89 minute version of Loose Change 2nd Edition.


  • Editor's note: Despite hundreds of eyewitness reports of explosions throughout the Twin Towers by doomed victims, survivors, emergency service personnel, reporters, and bystanders, the 9/11 Commission Report contains virtually no mention of them and entirely ignores them in its conclusions.  Graeme MacQueen's analysis of oral histories of 9/11 taken from 503 FDNY survivors reveals more than 100 FDNY personnel reported explosions in the Twin Towers.


Bill Walsh
Capt. William Walsh

Capt. William Walsh
– WTC survivor.  Currently, Captain, FDNY.  On 9/11, was Lieutenant with Ladder Company 1.
  • Documentary film, 9/11 by Jules and Gedeon Naudet.  Segment reproduced on September 11 Revisited at 6:40: His impressions on entering the lobby of WTC 1 (North Tower) approximately 3 minutes after the first plane had hit it and before the second plane hit WTC 2 (South Tower). "The lobby is about six stories high and the lobby looked as though a bomb had exploded there.  All the glass was taken out.  There were 10 foot by 10 foot marble panels, that were once walls, loose from the walls of the Trade Center.  Lights were hanging down.  The lights were, I believe, off.  Unfortunately there were dozens of people in the lobby.  They were in a contorted position.  They were black in color; moaning; just writhing around.  [Editor's note: At this point, Lt. Walsh was in the lobby of the North Tower, approximately 1,100 feet below the airplane's impact point at floors 93 to 98.] http://www.911revisited.com


  • Statement recorded by FDNY.  Interviewed by Battalion Chief Frank Congiusta 1/11/02:

    Lt. William Walsh:  We were just watching this airplane on target for the World Trade Center.  All of sudden, boom, he disappears into the Trade Center. ...

    So immediately everybody got into the rig.  We automatically responded down to the World Trade Center. ... I imagine we got down there in less than two minutes. ...

    So we had parked the apparatus right in front of the glass overhang on West Street which is the main entrance to World Trade Center Number One [North Tower].  We all gathered our tools, and we headed to through the front door. ...

    What I observed as I was going through these doors and I got into the lobby of the World Trade Center was that the lobby of the Trade Center didn't appear as though it had any lights.

    All of the glass on the first floor that abuts West Street was blown out.  The glass in the revolving doors was blown out.  All of the glass in the lobby was blown out.  [Editor's note: At this point, Lt. Walsh was in the lobby of the North Tower, approximately 1,100 feet below the airplane's impact point at floors 93 to 98.]

    The wall panels on the wall are made of marble.  It’s about two or three inches thick.  They’re about ten feet high by ten feet wide.  A lot of those were hanging off the wall. ...

    What else I observed in the lobby was that -- there’s basically two areas of elevators.  There’s elevators off to the left hand side which are really the express elevators.  That would be the elevators that’s facing north.  Then on the right-hand side there’s also elevators that are express elevators, and that would be facing south.  In the center of these two elevator shafts would be elevators that go to the lower floors.  They were blown off the hinges.  That’s where the service elevator was also.

    Chief Frank Congiusta:  Were these elevators that went to the upper floors?  They weren't side lobby elevators?

    Lt. William Walsh:  No, no, I’d say that they went through floors 30 and below.

    Chief Frank Congiusta:  And they were blown off?

    Lt. William Walsh:  They were blown off the hinges, and you could see the shafts.  The elevators on the extreme north side and the other express elevator on the extreme south side, they looked intact to me from what could see, the doors anyway. http://graphics8.nytimes.com


  • Editor's note: Despite hundreds of eyewitness reports of explosions throughout the Twin Towers by doomed victims, survivors, emergency service personnel, reporters, and bystanders, the 9/11 Commission Report contains virtually no mention of them and entirely ignores them in its conclusions.  Graeme MacQueen's analysis of oral histories of 9/11 taken from 503 FDNY survivors reveals more than 100 FDNY personnel reported explosions in the Twin Towers.


Lou Cacchioli
Firefighter Lou Cacchioli

Firefighter Lou Cacchioli
– Witness before the 9/11 Commission.  WTC survivor.  Retired 20-year veteran of FDNY, Company 47, Harlem.  Injuries on 9/11 and toxic dust inhalation forced retirement.
  • Article Arctic Beacon 7/19/05: "When he finally entered the North Tower lobby, Cacchioli recalls elevator doors completely blown out and another scene of mass chaos with people running, screaming and being hit with debris.

    "I remember thinking to myself, my God, how could this be happening so quickly if a plane hit way above. It didn't make sense," said Cacchioli. ... [Editor's note: At this point, Mr. Cacchioli was in the lobby of the North Tower, approximately 1,100 feet below the airplane's point of impact at floors 93 to 98.]

    As he made his way up along with men from Engine Co. 21, 22 and Ladder Co. 13, the doors opened on the 24th floor, a scene again that hardly made sense to the seasoned fireman, claiming the heavy dust and haze of smoke he encountered was unusual considering the location of the strike.

    "Tommy Hetzel was with me and everybody else also gets out of the elevator when it stops on the 24th floor," said Cacchioli, "There was a huge amount of smoke. Tommy and I had to go back down the elevator for tools and no sooner did the elevators close behind us, we heard this huge explosion that sounded like a bomb. It was such a loud noise, it knocked off the lights and stalled the elevator. ...

    "I somehow got into the stairwell and there were more people there. When I began to try and direct down, another huge explosion like the first one hits. This one hits about two minutes later, although it's hard to tell, but I'm thinking, 'Oh. My God, these bastards put bombs in here like they did in 1993!'

    When Cacchioli entered the 23rd floor, he found a "little man" holding a handkerchief in front of his face and hiding under the standpipes on the wall, used for pumping water on the floor in case of fire.

    Leading the man by the arm, he then ran into a group down the hall of about 35 to 40 people, finding his way down the 23rd floor stairwell and beginning their descent to safety.

    "Then as soon as we get in the stairwell, I hear another huge explosion like the other two. Then I heard bang, bang, bang - huge bangs - and surmised later it was the floors pan caking on top of one another. ... [Editor's note: At this point, Mr. Cacchioli was in the stairwell of the 23rd floor of the North Tower, approximately 850 feet below the airplane's point of impact at floors 93 to 98 and approximately 300 feet above ground level.  The entire collapse of the North Tower occurred in only 11 seconds.  It's unlikely the sounds referred to here by Mr. Cacchioli were floors pancaking since it took him several additional minutes to exit the building.]

    When the group led by Cacchioli finally made it to the lobby level, he was unable to open the door at first, the concussion of the explosions or perhaps the south tower falling, jamming the lobby door.

    Finally jarring it loose, the group entered the lobby finding total devastation with windows blown out and marble falling from the walls, but strangely no people. ...

    Cacchioli was called to testify privately [before the 9/11 Commission] ... "My story was never mentioned in the final [9/11 Commission] report and I felt like I was being put on trial in a court room," said Cacchioli. "I finally walked out. They were trying to twist my words and make the story fit only what they wanted to hear. All I wanted to do was tell the truth and when they wouldn't let me do that, I walked out.

    It was a disgrace to everyone, the victims and the family members who lost loved ones. I don't agree with the 9/11 Commission. The whole experience was terrible." http://www.arcticbeacon.com

  • Editor's note: Despite hundreds of eyewitness reports of explosions throughout the Twin Towers by doomed victims, survivors, emergency service personnel, reporters, and bystanders, the 9/11 Commission Report contains virtually no mention of them and entirely ignores them in its conclusions.  Graeme MacQueen's analysis of oral histories of 9/11 taken from 503 FDNY survivors reveals more than 100 FDNY personnel reported explosions in the Twin Towers.


John Schroeder
Firefighter John Schroeder

Firefighter John Schroeder
– WTC survivor.  Engine 10, FDNY. 12-year veteran on 9/11.
  • Video interview by the Loose Change crew and Luke Rudkowski and Manny Badillo of We Are Change 8/7/07:  [Elapsed time into the 47-minute video is indicated in brackets.]
    John Schroeder:  I became a firefighter in 1990, March, 1990.  My whole family was firefighters, goes back a long way. ...

    ... the Engine 10 house, which is directly across the street from World Trade 2; that firehouse was actually put into play just for the Towers. ... So, about '98, I transferred over to the 10 house.  OK, it was all good.  Great guys.  We must have been in the Trade Center a thousand times, at least. ...
    September 11, I went to work about 8:00. ...

    [at 3:50]  Beautiful day, I'm looking up.  All of a sudden we hear [makes roaring sound]  What the hell is ...?  In seconds we see the wing of the plane crash through the building. ...  

    [at 5:40]  We got into the lobby, went to the Command Post. ... We got our orders from the Command Post to team up with Engine 5 and start our way up.  So we're standing there in the lobby.  We're getting all together.  All of sudden we hear [makes explosion sound].  I look down to my right and the elevators exploded something out of like a Bruce Willis Die Hard movie.  People just come running out of the elevators on fire.  Fireball.  I mean it was like "What is going on here?  Something's up here."  I mean, the plane's up there and now there's fire down here?  People running around all on fire.  This is crazy. ... [Editor's note: At this point, Mr. Schroeder was in the lobby of the North Tower, approximately 1,100 feet below the airplane's point of impact at floors 93 to 98.]
    So we were going up the stairs. ...

    [at 8:30]  We were heading up to the 24th floor, the stairwell.  And all of a sudden we heard, "Mayday, Mayday, Second plane. Second plane."  We're looking at each other like, "Come on, second plane?  There's no way there's a second plane."  Within seconds our building got rocked.  We got bounced around in the stairwell like pinballs, man.  And we just said, "You know what, time to go." 

    We got out as much people as we could.  Most of the people were out.  We were the last guys going up the stairs.  We got down -- We started taking off -- About 12 of us -- We got down to the 3rd floor and that's where the stairwell collapsed on us.  And we had to dig our way out.  Now the building's coming down.  We can't see nothing. ...

    [at 9:30]  We got our way out of the 3rd stairwell and that's where the maintenance fellow with a little flashlight saved our lives.  He was pointing over.  If it wasn't for him we never would have found another stairwell.  The building would have collapsed. ... Willie Rodriguez.  Thank you, Willie.  He saved our lives.  Saved about 12 guys lives that day. ...

    We got down to the lobby.  And everything was blown out, exploded.  We were the only ones in the lobby, now.  We're going, "Wait a second here.  Where is everybody?" ...  
    [at 17:00] Question:  How confusing was it for you to know that a plane just hit so many stories up, but yet you saw all this devastation going up?

    John Schroeder:  We couldn't believe it.  We were scratching our head; thinking, "What's going on?  Bodies dropping?  Elevators exploding?"

    [at 18:28] Question:  When you were in that building, how long after that first plane hit did those elevators blow out, would you say?

    John Schroeder:  We were in there for maybe five minutes.  Five minutes and the elevators exploded on us.  Yeah.  We said, "Something's wrong here."  I mean, the plane hit up on the 80th floor.  I mean, in five minutes all of a sudden now the elevators are exploding on the first level, the lobby?  Come on here.

    Question:  A lot of people try to brush that off.  "Well, you know, when the plane hit, you know, nine thousand gallons of jet fuel rushed down the elevator shafts."  But you're saying that there was a distinct time delay between the plane striking and --

    John Schroeder:  Oh, absolutely was.  There was a distinct time delay between the planes hitting and the elevators exploding.  So, it wasn't --
    Question:  And what was your feeling about the lobby being so destroyed, as you said?

    John Schroeder:  We were saying that how is this happening when it was 80 stories up there.  You know like -- We were just --  You know, you think about it.  You say, "Something else had to go on here.  Something else was going on here!"  This just don't happen like this; if when a plane hits the 80th floor of a building and the lobby gets blown out.  Sorry!  I don't care who you are.  I don't care what you say.

    [at 23:25]  I'm here to say my piece.  It's been six years.  Six years, since holding this back. And you know what; it's time.  You know what; let them do whatever they want to do.  Go ahead.  Somebody should really know what went on that day.  We gotta bring this out; tell the world.  All these people are in the dark.  They gotta really open their eyes here.  Their eyes have been shut too long. ...

    [at 24:50]  It was funny 'cause Tower 1 was coming down from the interior on us.  You know, so, a lot of people don't know that.  A lot of people -- you know it just didn't like -- it just didn't [ makes sound like puuff].  It was coming down.  It was coming from the interior.  It trapped us on the 3rd floor.  And we were like, "This thing is definitely coming down, man."   Because the inside structure was just disintegrated. We're like, "How is this happening when the plane was up 50 more stories and the stairwell's collapsing on us?"  Something wasn't right, man.  Something wasn't right in Denmark that day.

    [at 30:00] For every window in the lobby to be exploded.  I mean them windows were like as thick as spaghetti.  There were two, three inch glass.  You know, come on.  They exploded out of the lobby.  It wasn't from the jet fuel.  No way!  The elevators exploded.  They were down from the lobby.  The lobby was over here.  That should never have happened, something what happened there.  We came down -- It looked liked a bomb went off in the lobby.  There was no fire.  It just looked like a bomb went off.  http://loosechange911.blogspot.com

  • Editor's note: Despite hundreds of eyewitness reports of explosions throughout the Twin Towers by doomed victims, survivors, emergency service personnel, reporters, and bystanders, the 9/11 Commission Report contains virtually no mention of them and entirely ignores them in its conclusions.  Graeme MacQueen's analysis of oral histories of 9/11 taken from 503 FDNY survivors reveals more than 100 FDNY personnel reported explosions in the Twin Towers.