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Towers Engineer Disputes Collapse Story

December 14, 2004

The official story is that the Twin Towers collapsed as a result of damage done by the two aircraft that struck them. However, that may not be the whole story.

Mike Pecoraro was working in the 6th sub-basement of the North Tower when it was hit by the first plane. He and a co-worker were disturbed by a flickering of lights, which could have meant a power interruption that could have serious effects on the machinery for which they were responsible.

They then called the Assistant Chief Engineer on a higher level. They were told that the building had shaken and a loud explosion had been heard.

The room they were in began to fill with white smoke and a smell of kerosene, so they went upstairs, thinking there might be a car fire in the garage. They reached a higher level, the C level, only to find the main machine shop gone. It had been reduced to rubble. A 50 ton hydraulic press had simply disppeared.

Obviously, an explosion 95 stories above could not have destroyed this massive piece of equipment.

They then reached the parking garage, but found it destroyed, also. "There were no walls, there was rubble on the floor."

On B level, just below the lobby, they found a steel and concrete fire door weighing 300 pounds wrinkled and destroyed.

They both assumed that explosions had taken place in the lower levels of the building. Along with the widespread damage they observed, a fine dust covered everything and filled the air. The presence of this dust, long before either tower collapsed, suggests that there was a high-explosive detonation somewhere in the substructure of the tower at the same time that the plane struck above.

Officially, the lower-level explosions were caused by jet fuel pouring down the elevator shafts, but the intensity of the explosions and the nature of the damage observed by witnesses on the scene suggest that the mystery of the Twin Towers is far from solved.


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