Viral 9/11 Truth-Debunking Blacksmith Gets It All Wrong
Much hay has been made in recent days about a YouTube video posted by a blacksmith named Trenton Tye, who tries to debunk the theory that the World Trade Centre (WTC) Twin Towers and Building 7 were destroyed by controlled demolition.
Within the first two days of being posted, Tye’s video received five million views and was covered by the Washington Post, the Daily Mirror, and the Huffington Post — the latter with the celebratory headline, “Metal Worker Shuts Down 9/11 Truthers… With His Pinkie.”
In fact, Tye's attempt to disprove controlled demolition by heating a half-inch piece of steel to 1,800°F and bending it like a “noodle” is way off. He seems to think the controlled demolition argument goes like this;
“Fire can’t melt steel, so the buildings couldn’t have collapsed from fire.” He couldn’t be more mistaken.
The only reason that melting steel is discussed at all is because government officials, engineers, first responders observed large amounts of molten metal (requiring temperatures of more than 2,800°F) in the debris of all three buildings.
Listen to a number of qualified structural and chemical engineers and science professors on this subject:
[..] Tye’s demonstration is wholly irrelevant for the simple reason that the fires in the WTC could not have heated the structure anywhere near as high as the 1,800°F to which Tye heated his piece of steel using a furnace.
Jet fuel fires reach temperatures of around 1,500°F only under optimal conditions. In open air conditions like the WTC buildings, they burn at around 600°F. Even according to the government agency (NIST) that investigated the disaster, there is no evidence that any of the steel was heated to the point where it would lose its strength.
There have been literally hundreds of hotter, larger, longer-lasting fires in steel-frame high-rises over the last century, and never has one caused the total collapse of a building. Tye’s simplistic logic implies that many of these infernos should have led to a total collapse. Of course, none has.
That this YouTube video has become an overnight sensation testifies to the alarming lack of journalistic rigour and scientific acumen with which the media has approached the debate surrounding the WTC destruction — and to the rampant misinformation that has followed.
See Beyond Misinformation: What Science Says About the Destruction of World Trade Center Buildings 1, 2, and 7 [http://beyondmisinformation.org/] for expert analysis of the evidence.