I dont think we need to question weather or not people heard or saw anything....We do need to consider what in fact they did see or hear. That is a
lot easier said than done.
The WTC was made up of a very elaborate electrical system. There were two electrical systems one that originated at the electrical substation at WTC7
That carried over 13.8 Kilovolts (13,800 volts) This power is then "stepped down" to a usable voltage. ie: 277/480 volts for lighting and motors. or
110/208 for electrical outlets, computers, office equipment etc.. The step down transformers are throughout almost every commercial building.
When these transformers fail due to water..damage...or other short circuits...watch out! The results can be catastrophic. I worked in a Hotel that was
only 2 years old when water leaked down on top of a transformer. The initial explosion and fire resulted in the melting of the entire switch gear
room. There was no emergency power available becasue the Automatic Transfer Switch was in the same room as the Normal Power transformer and melted
down with the rest of the equipment. So, no stairwell pressure fans, no firepump for the sprinklers, and ZERO emergency lighting.
Anyway, people heard the transformer explode and thought there was a bomb in the building. Here are a couple pictures of some transformers that
exploded. Im not sure of the KVA rating... ( kilovoltamp) as compared to waht was in the WTC. Just trying to give a general idea as to what it looks
This was manhole that exploded killing a woman.
This video goes along with the above picture..turn on your speakers!
So, is it possible people heard transformers blowing up? IMO, yes. The collasping of steel also makes a very erie sound that can sould like "bombs
Here is a video of I believe its "Big Blue" collapsing. Again, turn your speakers on and listen at around 43 -44 seconds.
I posted on another thread in regards to William Rodriguez's ORIGINAL story he told to CNN late September 11th. In part:
"We heard a loud rumble, then all of a sudden we heard another rumble like someone moving a whole lot of furniture," Rodriguez said. "And then
the elevator opened and a man came into our office and all of his skin was off."
This is a little different from the other stories he tells. I am not accusing this man of lying, he did save lives that day. His story did
change...for what reason, I dont know. He mentions nothing about explosions under his feet...which i find interesting. What he DID say was the rumble
sound...like furniture moving. Could this be the sound of the mysterious fireball? I dunno?
Anyway...jujst my late night 2 cents.