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Originally posted by OrionStars
There was a great deal of missing steel. That was self-evident. DEW literally rips apart molecules
Originally posted by Pilgrum
reply to post by Griff
Sorry Griff - almost missed your post at the bottom of page 2
How the WTC2 collapse started is the big question alright
I know what you mean about the missing upward pull on the north side but isn't that assuming the core acting as a fulcrum in which case the upper section would have a little more balance?
The core appears to have failed completely at the impact zone allowing the upper section to drop down using the mostly intact north side as a hinge until that hinge broke. It wouldn't take much horizontal displacement of the upper section for the broken core column ends to slide past each other somewhat like the ends of broken bones do but in this case the 'tissue' being torn was the floors of the building.
I've watched the start of that collapse many times and there's no sign of any explosions cutting the core which would have been very visible in all that smoke. Also the smoke didn't change colour or move more vigorously as it would if a large amount of thermite was ignited. The smoke indicates nothing explosive happening immediately before the top section was visibly moving IE nothing increasing the rate of smoke production. The only signs were the walls - buckling as they strained the remaining trusses until the bolts attaching them to the truss seats were sheared.
If explosives are there they have to be totally smokeless, producing no gases or changes in air pressure which would imply they were heatless as well.
Originally posted by bsbray11
So can you show me where the DEW cuts are on the masses of core and perimeter columns laying all over Ground Zero? Or any partially-vaporized columns?