Exploding the myths regarding the squibs on the WTC towers
Among all the evidence pointing to controlled demolition of WTC1 & 2, perhaps the most damning is the explosion puffs, or "squibs", seen exploding
out from the building - sometimes tens of floors below the level of collapse. The government's "pancake theory" hinges on each floor being
collapsed in succession by the weight of the falling floors above it. This admirable, but ultimately ridiculous attempt to explain away what was
obviously a controlled demolition is debunked by many factors. Here are just a few of the factors we've discussed so far, there are many more:
However, even NIST and FEMA completely avoided the issue of the squibs because they know they cannot be explained away by the pancake
- The potential energy contained in the towers is insufficient to collapse the towers completely, let alone to snap lengths of steel into neat
12-foot lengths, to completely pulverize the concrete and other materials in the towers, and to create such a voluminous, rapidly expanding dust
cloud, as was observed.
- The truss failure which the pancake theory depends upon cannot explain the complete destruction of the steel core.
- The fires and secondary effects observed in the towers indicate that temperatures and conditions were not sufficiently extreme to cause the steel
failure which is fundamental to the pancake theory.
- The pancake theory can not account for the violent and high-energy lateral ejection of steel beams.
- The failure of one area or section of a tower would lead to partial and tilted collapse, rather than simultaneous collapse at all points. This led
the government to later come out with the all new "zipper effect theory", a bogus theory attempting to explain away the flaws in the original bogus
theory. This brings to mind the secondary theories invented to explain away the incongruencies in the geocentric, "Earth is the center of the
universe" theory in the days before Copernicus.
- The pancake theory fails to account for each floor somehow only providing enough resistance to produce an additional 2.77s to the collapse time
over free fall - an average of 0.029s (29/1000ths of a second) per steel-framed, steel-cored floor!
- ...and so on.
SQUIB MYTH#1: The squibs came out from the skylobbies.
Some defenders of the government lies would have you believe that the squibs observed were simply air, compressed by the collapsing floors, magically
descending through elevator shafts until they reached the bottom of the shaft, and then blasting out the sides of the buildings with explosive force
in isolated spots. If the WTC towers were giant steam pipes that had suddenly sprung a leak or twelve, this theory might make sense. But unfortunately
it amounts to a "magic bullet theory"; just another bogus theory dreamed up to explain the inconsistencies in the original bogus theory.
The skylobbies were located on the 44th and 78th floors in both towers.
The skylobbies and the mechanical equipment floors were easily distinguished from outside the towers by their darker color, creating a banded effect
around the towers. Each skylobby was the top floor of each of these bands.
The following diagram illustrates the elevator layout for the towers.
Notice how the local elevators stop at the skylobbies. They do not connect to the mechanical equipment levels. If the compressed air magically
traveled down these elevators and, upon meeting the resistance of the elevator shaft floors, shot out the elevator doors and exploded sideways from
the buildings, all such explosions would only be observable at the 78th and 44th floors
. This is not what was observed.
I will provide some frame captures of relevant videos below, but these are inherently grainy and are provided more as a reference for squib location.
You need to download and watch the videos (click the "VIDEO" titles) to get a clearer picture, and decide for yourself.
The explosion squib observed in this video at first glance
appears to come out of the dark banded area. However, if you look closely, you will notice that it explodes from the bottom
of the dark band,
and is perhaps even just below it. Remember, the skylobbies constitute the top
of each dark band, and the elevators do not progress down beyond
In this video, we can see explosion squibs coming out from the
corner of the building not far from the top. As you can see, the squibs are at least 5 floors below the collapse level, and nowhere near the
skylobbies. There is also a smaller squib visible in the middle of the face we are looking at.
Here is a slow-motion version of the collapse with the squibs marked: VIDEO 2
Again, here you can see two clear explosions of dust and debris from
well below the collapse level, yet well above the skylobby. The video may be low-res, but no one could argue that these are anything but
, localized expulsions of dust and debris.
This video is very shaky, but early on you can see some squibs
explode out from the building, one on the right which may be from the skylobby, and another on the left which is from the bottom part of the dark
band. However, later you can see another two squibs
explode out from the building which are nowhere near the skylobbies.
This video is amazing. You can see squib after squib exploding
out from the right side of the building, and also from the side facing the camera, again all nowhere near the skylobbies. But the most amazing
squib, and the one that puts the final nail in the coffin for any "magic compressed air" theories is this one:
This squib is about 50 FLOORS BELOW THE DESTRUCTION LEVEL and it is BELOW THE SKYLOBBY!
HOW DID IT GET THERE!?
We can clearly see from the magical, physics-defying path any supposed "compressed air" would have to take to reach
this spot, that this is ANYTHING BUT compressed air from the collapse.
I could show more squibs, there are so many, but I think the evidence is clear enough. Very few, if any of them exploded from the skylobbies.
SQUIB MYTH#2: Magical compressed air expelled from the elevators had a clear path to the outer perimeter.
This image shows the floor layout from a typical floor in the WTC towers. This particular layout is from the 96th floor:
Firstly, look at the area covered by the elevator shafts. How much air do you really think is being compressed down these narrow shafts? Especially
considering that the majority of compressed air is supposedly snapping steel beams and ejecting them hundreds of feet, as well as creating those
explosive clouds of pulverized concrete that we're supposed to believe are not explosions.
Secondly, notice how the elevators are in banks facing each other. If the magical compressed air is taking a trip down elevator shafts and then for
some reason deciding to get off the elevator and take a trip outside, it has to smash through another bank of elevators on the other side, still
stay in an uninterrupted stream, and then smash out through the glass and maybe steel of the outer perimeter (Path 1). Or, it has to make a
right turn and smash out through the windows perpendicular to its original path (Path 2).
Compressed air simply does not behave in this
manner. Do you think this is plausible? I agree... it's impossible
But even if we decide to attribute fantastical, super-physical powers to streams of compressed air, we have to remember that many of the squibs I
showed earlier are exiting from the corner of the building, but at right angles (Path 3
). If this is compressed air, then how did it get to
this position and exit at this angle??
The only conclusion we can draw from this is that the observed squibs are not compressed air. If they are not compressed air, then, together with
all the other observed phenomena in this unprecedented collapse, one can only reasonably assume that they are mis-timed demolition charges.
SQUIB MYTH#3: If the squibs observed were explosions going off earlier than they were supposed to, then those sections of the buildings would
have started to collapse as well.
This theory just does not stand up to logic. If the observed squibs were from demolition charges of some type, then they were obviously single,
isolated charges going off out of sequence
. They were not explosions that covered entire floors and were not large enough on their own to cut all
of the core columns and cause a structural collapse at that level. If the mis-timed explosions witnessed were entire floors blowing out, then this
theory would hold some merit. As it is, it is a non sequitur argument.
[edit on 2005-7-15 by wecomeinpeace]