FIRE FIGHTERS EXPLOSIONS
Hundreds of Firefighters and witness testimony to BOMBS/EXPLOSIONS ignored by the 9/11 Commission Report. 9/11 Commission Report bars 503 1st responder eyewitnesses and 118 Firefighter witnesses to explosions. From video footage it’s clear to see ‘squibs’ and waves of explosions ripping down the side of the Towers. Many Firefighters witnessed “Explosions in the lobby and sub levels”, ‘Oral Histories’. NIST failed to follow NFPA 921 guidelines for fire and explosion investigations. Research Barry Jennings, William Rodriguez, Erik Lawyer, David Chandler, Graeme MacQueen, Kevin Ryan ‘Demolition Access’.
FirefightersFor911TRUTH.org – Erik Lawyer – Press Conference
Erik Lawyer, Firefighter, Founder of Firefighters for 9/11 Truth
“There were all kinds of firefighters and civilians that were reporting explosions. Just the fact that there were explosions means they need to be investigated.”
Firefighters for 9/11 Truth:
118 Witnesses: The Firefighters’ Testimony to Explosions in the Twin Towers http://www.journalof911studies.com/articles/Article_5_118Witnesses_WorldTradeCenter.pdf
firefighters speak out about 9/11
9/11 NYC Firefighters Controlled Demolition
9/11 FireFighters – THREE Explosions After Plane Hit WTC
These two firefighters are Jimmy Grillo and Tyrone Johnson. They are trained professionals that witnessed multiple explosions in the lobby of the towers.
“we were in the lobby, gathering to go up, start doing a search on the upper floors. As we were getting our gear on and making our way to the stairway, there was a heavy duty explosion. Everybody started running for the door, everybody was trapped. Eventually when the dust lifted, I saw some light and started screaming for everybody to go out towards the light.” Jimmy Grillo FDNY Ladder 24.
Larry King interviewed Jimmy Grillo on Septmeber 12th, 2001. CNN LARRY KING LIVE
America Under Attack: The Aftermath Aired September 12, 2001 – 21:00 ET
“KING: Now, how did you get hurt, James?
GRILLO: I was — my assignment with Ladder 24, the company I’m assigned to, we were supposed to go into building No. 2, the south tower and make our way into tower No. 1, the north tower. And we were caught in the collapse in the lobby of tower No. 2, the south tower.”
“There was an explosion, it was in the lobby, the third explosion, the whole lobby collapsed on us…… The whole building just collapsed on us, inside the lobby….. we was inside waiting to go upstairs, on our way upstairs the whole fucking thing blew and it collapsed on everybody inside the lobby.” – Tyrone Johnson FDNY
WORLD TRADE CENTER TASK FORCE INTERVIEW FIREFIGHTER TYRONE JOHNSON
Interview Date: January 10, 2002
FDNY Firefighters Say It Looked Like “Detonators Were Going Off”
Firefighter 1: “We started running… Floor by floor, it started popping out…”
Firefighter 2: “It was as if they had detonators.”
Firefighter 1: “Yeah, detonators, yeah…”
Firefighter 2: “As if they planned to take down a building. Boom, boom, boom, boom, boom!”
Firefighter 1: “All the way down. I was watching it and running.”
9/11 Firefighters Reveal Bombs Destroyed WTC lobby
NYC Firefighter warns that there is “a bomb in the building”
“Start clearing out there’s a bomb in the Building.”
9/11 Truth: firefighters and live, loud explosion at WTC
firefighters speak out about 9/11
9/11 NYC Firefighters Controlled Demolition
Excerpts from Women at Ground Zero: Stories of Courage and Compassion
CHEIF ORIO PALMER
National Geographic, Chief Orio Palmer
We`ve got two isolated pockets of fire!
Orio Palmer – Battalion 7 Chief. Palmer radioed the base from the 78th floor, requesting 2 hand crews to know the fires down. Seven Minutes later, WTC 2 fell on top of him.
9:52 a.m. Palmer surveys the damage on the 78th floor. He radios the men of Ladder Company 15 who are on their way up.
Battalion 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: “Chief, what stair you in?”
Battalion Chief Palmer: “South stairway Adam, South Tower.”
Ladder 15: “Floor 78?”
Battalion Chief Palmer: “Ten-four, numerous civilians, we’re gonna need two engines up here.”
Ladder 15: “Alright ten-four, we’re on our way”
Fire Department Tape Reveals No Awareness of Imminent Doom
ORAL HISTORIES (NYFD)
On 12 August 2005, almost four years after 9/11, more than 12,000 pages of oral histories from firefighters, paramedics, and emergency workers were finally released after an extended FOIA legal battle. They have been published by the New York Times.
Source NYT “9/11 ORAL HISTORIES”
ORAL HISTORIES 9/11 Firefighter Oral Histories, First-Hand Reports:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hT-po-tmJRc (11 Mins)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m3MG5vPoV54 (5 Mins)
Here are direct quotes made by Fire fighters that testify to explosions going off. These first hand eyewitness accounts were ignored by the 9/11 Commission and NIST.
FIRE CHIEF RAY DOWNEY
FDNY Chief’s don’t lie. RIP Chief Downey.
“a situation in which there was a secondary device timed to explode after rescuers had rushed to the scene” of a terrorist attack. As he now checks in with the fire chiefs who are trying to put together a response plan, he tells them “he is worried about secondary devices in the towers, explosive devices that could hurt the firemen.”
“Downey replies that, “at that point he thought there were bombs up there because [the collapse] was too even.” [CITY OF NEW YORK, 12/6/2001] Earlier on, Downey told other fire chiefs responding at the WTC that he was worried about “explosive devices” in the Twin Towers “that could hurt the firemen” (see (9:20 a.m.) September 11, 2001). He is killed when the North Tower collapses at 10:28 a.m. [NEW YORK TIMES, 9/9/2005]”
“There was just an explosion [in the south tower]. It seemed like on television [when] they blow up these buildings. It seemed like it was going all the way around like a belt, all these explosions.” -Firefighter Richard Banaciski Ladder 22
“We were there, I don’t know, maybe 10, 15 minutes and then I just remember there was just an explosion. It seemed like on television when they blow up these buildings. It seemed like it was going all the way around like a belt, all these explosions.” ~ Battalion Chief Kenahan of the Safety Battalion of the Fire Department of the City of New York.
“The collapse hadn’t begun, but it was not a fire anymore up there. It was like — it was like that — like smoke explosion on atremendous scale going on up there.” – Brian Becker — Firefighter(F.D.N.Y.) [Engine 28]
“We were standing underneath and Captain Stone wasspeaking again. We heard — I heard 3 loud explosions. I look up and the northtower is coming down now, 1 World Trade Center.”- Greg Brady — E.M.T.(E.M.S.) [Battalion 6]
“Then the building popped lower than the fire level… Iwas going oh, my God, there is secondary device because the way the buildingpopped I thought it was an explosion.”
— Firefighter Timothy Burke, p. 8
“But it seemed like I was going oh, my god, there is asecondary device because the way the building popped. I thought it was anexplosion.”- Timothy Burke — Firefigter (F.D.N.Y.) [Engine 202]
“You see three explosions and then the whole thingcoming down.”- Frank Campagna — Firefighter (F.D.N.Y.) [Ladder 11]
“As my officer and I were looking at the south tower, itjust gave. It actually gave at a lower floor, not the floor where the planehit, because we originally had thought there was like an internal detonationexplosives because it went in succession, boom, boom, boom, boom, and then thetower came down.”
— Firefighter Edward Cachia, p. 5 Engine 53
“One of the first firefighters in the stricken secondtower, Louie Cacchioli, 51, told People Weekly on Sept. 24: “I was takingfirefighters up in the elevator to the 24th floor to get in position toevacuate workers. On the last trip up a bomb went off. We think there werebombs set in the building.” – Louie Cacchoili, 51, firefighter assigned toEngine 47 in Harlem.
“… you just heard explosions coming from building two,the south tower. It seemed like it took forever, but there were about tenexplosions.”- Craig Carlsen — Firefighter (F.D.N.Y.) [Ladder 8]
FDNY Joe Casaliggi (Engine 7)
“You have two 110 storey office buildings. You don’tfind a desk, you don’t find a chair, you don’t find a telephone, acomputer…..The biggest piece of a telephone I found was half of the keypad,and it was about [ this big ]. The building collapsed to dust!”
“… and then I heard an explosion from up, from upabove, and I froze and I was like, oh, s___, I’m dead because I thought thedebris was going to hit me in the head and that was it.”- Jason Charles –E.M.T. (E.M.S.)
“The tower was — it looked to me — I thought it wasexploding actually. That’s what I thought for hours afterwards, that it hadexploded, or the plane, or there had been some device on the plane that hadexploded, because the debris from the tower had shot out far over our heads. Itwas raining down.” (p.8)
“… I finally got through on my phone to my father andsaid ‘I’m ailve’… I said ‘Yeah, I was right there when it blew up.’ He said,’You were there when the planes hit?’ I said, ‘No, I was there when itexploded, the building exploded.’ He said, ‘You mean, when it fell down?’ Isaid, ‘No, when it exploded.'” (p.15)
— Fire Marshall John Coyle
“there was what appeared to be at first an explosion. Itappeared at the very top, simultaneously from all four sides, materials shotout horizontally. And then there seemed to be a momentary delay before youcould see the beginning of the collapse.” – Frank Cruthers — Chief(F.D.N.Y.) [Citywide Tour Commander]
“I heard three explosions, and then we heard likegroaning and grinding, and tower two started to come down.”- KevinDarnowski — Paramedic (E.M.S.)
“It was weird how it started to come down. It lookedlike it was a timed explosion …”- Dominick Derubbio — Battalion Chief(F.D.N.Y.) [Division 8]
“Somewhere around the middle of the World Trade Center,there was this orange and red flash coming out. Initially it was just one flash.Then this flash just kept popping all the way around the building and thatbuilding had started to explode”- Karin Deshore — Captain (E.M.S.)
“.. the lowest floor of fire in the south tower actuallylooked like someone had planted explosives around it because the whole bottom Icould see — I could see two sides of it and the other side — it just lookedlike that floor blew out. I looked up and you could actually see everythingblew out on the one floor. I thought, geez, this looks like an explosion upthere, it blew out.” – Brian Dixon — Battalion Chief (F.D.N.Y.)
“I thought there had been an explosion or a bomb thatthey had blown up there.”-Michael Donovan — Captain (F.D.N.Y.)
“I should say that people in the street and myselfincluded thought that the roar was so loud that the explosive – bombs weregoing off inside the building.”- James Drury — Assistant Commissioner(F.D.N.Y.)
“About a couple minutes after George came back to me iswhen the south tower from our perspective exploded from about midway up thebuilding.” (p. 5)
“At that point a debate began to rage because theperception was that the building looked like it had been taken out withcharges.” (p.7)
— Firefighter Christopher Fenyo
“Some people thought it was an explosion. I don’t thinkI remember that. I remember seeing it, it looked like sparkling around onespecific layer of the building….
My initial reaction was that this was exactly the way itlooks when they show you those implosions on TV.”- Thomas Fitzpatrick –Deputy Commissioner for Administration (F.D.N.Y.)
“So the explosion, what I realized later, had to be thestart of the collapse. It was the way the building appeared to blowout fromboth sides. I’m looking at the face of it, and all we see is the two sides ofthe building just blowing out and coming apart like this, as I said, like thetop of a volcano.” – Gary Gates — Lieutenant (F.D.N.Y.)
“… I thought that when I looked in the direction ofthe Trade Center before it came down, before No. 2 came down, that I sawlow-level flashes.”- Kevin Gorman — Firefighter (F.D.N.Y.) [Ladder 22]
“I saw a flash flash flash [at] the lower level of thebuilding. You know like when they demolish a building?”
–Assistant Fire Commissioner Stephen Gregory
“I know I was with an officer from Ladder 146, aLieutenant Evangelista… I thought that when I looked in the direction of theTrade Center before it came down, before No. 2 came down, that I saw low-levelflashes. In my conversation with Lieutenant Evangelista, never mentioning thisto him, he questioned me and asked me if I saw low-level flashes in front ofthe building, and I agreed with him… I saw a flash flash flash and then itlooked like the building came down. Q. Was that on the lower level of thebuilding or up where the fire was? A. No, the lower level of the building. Youknow like when they demolish a building, how when they blow up a building, whenit falls down? That’s what I thought I saw. And I didn’t broach the topic tohim, but he asked me.”
— Stephen Gregory , Assistant Commissioner (F.D.N.Y.) , p.14
“Then a large explosion took place. In my estimationthat was the tower coming down, but at that time I did not know what that was.I thought some type of bomb had gone off.”- Gregg Hansson — Lieutenant(F.D.N.Y.)
“You know, and I just heard like an explosion and thencracking type of noise, and then it sounded like a freight train, rumbling andpicking up speed, and I remember I looked up, and I saw it coming down.”-Timothy Julian — Firefighter (F.D.N.Y.) [Ladder 118]
“I felt the rumbling, and then I felt the force comingat me. I was like, what the hell is that? In my mind it was a bomb goingoff.”- John Malley — Firefighter (F.D.N.Y.) [Ladder 22]
FDNY Battalion Chief (Tom McCarthy) on 9/11: “It HasBecome Something Big, Unmanageable, Not Easy To Understand”
“After that I heard this huge explosion, I thought itwas a boiler exploding or something. Next thing you know this huge cloud ofsmoke is coming at us, so we’re running.”- James McKinley — E.M.T.(E.M.S.)
“As we are looking up at the building, what I saw was,it looked like the building was blowing out on all four sides. We actuallyheard the pops. Didn’t realize it was the falling — you know, you heard thepops of the building. You thought it was just blowing out.”- Joseph Meola– Firefighter (F.D.N.Y.) [Engine 91]
“When the tower started — there was a big explosionthat I heard and someone screamed that it was coming down and I looked away andI saw all the windows domino”-Kevin Murray — Firefighter (F.D.N.Y.)[Ladder 18]
“I thought it was an explosion or a secondary device, abomb, the jet — plane exploding, whatever.”- Janice Olszewski — Captain(E.M.S.)
“After a while, I was distracted by a large explosionfrom the south tower and it seemed like fire was shooting out a couple ofhundred feet in each direction, then all of a sudden the top of the towerstarted coming down… Q. Bill, just one question. The fire that you saw, wherewas the fire? Like up at the upper levels where it started collapsing? A. Itappeared somewhere below that. Maybe twenty floors below the impact area of theplane.”
— Firefighter William Reynolds, p. 3-4
“At first I thought it was — do you ever seeprofessional demolition where they set the charges on certain floors and thenyou hear “Pop, pop, pop, pop, pop”? That’s exactly what — because Ithought it was that.”- Daniel Rivera — Paramedic (E.M.S.) [Battalion 31]
“That’s when hell came down. It was like a huge,enormous explosion. I still can hear it. Everything shook.” -Angel Rivera– Firefighter (F.D.N.Y.)
“[I]t was [like a] professional demolition where theyset the charges on certain floors and then you hear ‘Pop, pop, pop, pop,pop’.” — Paramedic Daniel Rivera
“I figured it was a bomb, because it looked like asynchronized deliberate kind of thing. I was there in ’93.”-Kennith Rogers– Firefighter (F.D.N.Y.)
“Meanwhile we were standing there with about fivecompanies and we were just waiting for our assignment and then there was anexplosion in the south tower… A lot of guys left at that point. I keptwatching. Floor after floor after floor. One floor under another after anotherand when it hit about the fifth floor, I figured it was a bomb, because itlooked like a synchronized deliberate kind of thing.”
— Firefighter Kenneth Rogers, p. 3
“I started to treat patients on my own when I heard theexplosion from up above.”-Patrick Scaringello — Lieutenant (E.M.S.)
“Then there was another it sounded like an explosion andheavy white powder …”-Mark Steffens — Division Chief (E.M.S.)
“Then we heard a loud explosion or what sounded like aloud explosion and looked up and I saw tower two start coming down.Crazy.”-John Sudnik — Battalion Chief (F.D.N.Y.)
“I took a quick glance at the building and while Ididn’t see it falling, I saw a large section of it blasting out, which led meto believe it was just an explosion. I thought it was a secondary device, but Iknew that we had to go.”-Jay Swithers — Captain (E.M.S.)
“The next thing I knew, you started hearing moreexplosions. I guess this is when the second tower started comingdown.”-David Timothy — E.M.T. (E.M.S.)
“And as my eyes traveled up the building, and I waslooking at the south tower, somewhere about halfway up, my initial reaction wasthere was a secondary explosion, and the entire floor area, a ring right aroundthe building blew out.”-Albert Turi — Deputy Assistant Chief (F.D.N.Y.)
[Pat Dawson]: Just moments ago I spoke to the Chief of Safetyfor the New York City Fire Department, the chief Albert Turi, he received wordof the possibility of a secondary device, that is another bomb going off, hetried to get his men out as quickly as he could, but he said that there wasanother 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 tookplace in one of the Towers here. He thinks that there were actually devicesthat were planted in the building, The second device, he thinks, he speculates,was probably planted in the building.
“.. it almost actually that day sounded like bombs goingoff, like boom, boom, boom, like seven or eight, and then just a huge wind gustjust came.”-Thomas Turilli — Firefighter (F.D.N.Y.)
“… that’s when the south tower collapsed, and itsounded like a bunch of explosions.”-Stephen Viola — Firefighter(F.D.N.Y.)
“At that time, we heard an explosion. We looked up andthe building was coming down right on top of us ..”-William Wall –Lieutenant (F.D.N.Y.) [Engine 47]
Graeme MacQueen has analysed the complete corpus of oral histories for the Journal of 9/11 Studies and found that 118 of the 503 witnesses (23 %) explicitly mention explosions in their accounts of the collapse. While only ten witnesses explicitly refer to the collapses in a way that supports non-explosive collapse – see article.
9/11 Commission Report bars 503 1st responder eyewitnesses
The Firefighters’ Testimony to Explosions in the Twin Towers
118 WITNESSES To EXPLOSIVES Used In The CONTROLED DEMOLITION Of The WTC TOWERS On 9/11, [1 of 2]
“We present interesting extracts below in which firefighters talk about explosions, flashes of light, noises like fireworks going off, etc. Please note two things:
1. Many of the firefighters have reinterpreted their experiences based on what they were later told about the collapses. The interesting thing is not their reinterpretations, but their first impressions.
2. Even this material has been censored. There are whole paragraphs blacked out in some documents. What was said that was even more damning to the official 9/11 account?
The above quotations come from a collection of 9/11 oral histories that, although recorded by the Fire Department of New York (FDNY) at the end of 2001, were publicly released only on August 12, 2005. Prior to that date, very few Americans knew the content of these accounts or even the fact that they existed.
Why have we not known about them until 2005? Part of the answer is that the city of New York would not release them until it was forced to do so. Early in 2002, the New York Times requested copies under the freedom of information act, but Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s administration refused. So the Times, joined by several families of 9/11 victims, filed suit. After a long process, the city was finally ordered by the New York Court of Appeals to release the records (with some exceptions and redactions allowed). Included were oral histories, in interview form, provided by 503 firefighters and medical workers. (Emergency Medical Services had become a division within the Fire Department) The Times then made these oral histories publicly available.” – Graeme MacQueen
9/11 Firefighter Eyewitness Testimony – David Ray Griffin and Kevin Ryan
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cZ4dVo5QgYg) (10 Mins MacQueen)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ezIU6ZxYU3A (6 mins Steven Jones)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m3MG5vPoV54 (6 Mins David ray Griffin )