“[T]here 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

“I saw a flash flash flash [at] the lower level of the building. You know like when they demolish a building?”
–Assistant Fire Commissioner Stephen Gregory

“[I]t was [like a] professional demolition where they set the charges on certain floors and then you hear ‘Pop, pop, pop, pop, pop’.”
–Paramedic Daniel Rivera

The above quotations come from a collection of 9/11 oral histories that, although recorded by the Fire Department of New York at the end of 2001, were not publicly released until August 12, 2005. Prior to that date, very few Americans knew the content of these accounts or even that they existed. One big reason was because City of New York refused to release them until the Court of Appeals forced them to. Included were oral histories provided by 503 firefighters and medical workers. Click here to read a collection of 9/11 oral histories.

Anthony Saltalamacia was a Maintenance supervisor in WTC 1. In this video excerpt he recounts what he heard and saw on 9/11. Like other witnesses, he reports bombs went off in the building before the plane hit.

William Rodriguez was a janitor in WTC 1. On the morning of 9/11 he came in later than usual and heard and saw the effects of the bombs that had been planted in the basement of WTC 1. He helped other people escape and narrowly escaped with his own life that day.

Barry Jennings was a City Housing Authority worker. He rushed to WTC 7 because that’s where the city’s emergency management center was located. He was several floors up when the bombs in the basement went off. Bombs that exploded before the WTC 1 and 2 came down. According to the official theory, WTC 7 came down due to damage from the other two buildings. But Jennings witnessed the lobby blown out before WTC 1 and 2 came down.

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