Report on 9/11 disaster released

08/21/08 Mitch E. Perry
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Federal investigators issued a report today concluding that fires brought down a skyscraper next to New York's twin towers on Sept. 11, refuting conspiracy theorists who have long believed that explosives somehow caused the collapse.

Scientists with the National Institute of Standards and Technology say their three-year investigation of the collapse of the 47-story World Trade Center next to the twin towers was the first known instance of fire causing the total failure of a skyscraper.

The investigators also concluded that the collapse of the nearby towers broke the city water main, leaving the sprinkler system in the bottom half of the building without water.

The structure has been the subject of a wide range of conspiracy theories, partly because the collapse happened about seven hours after the twin towers were felled. That fueled theories that something else might have caused the collapse.

Dr. Shyam Sunder, lead investigator on the project, said his team investigated the possibility that an explosion inside the building brought it down, but found there was no large boom or other noise that would have occurred with such a detonation.

Mike Berger, media coordinator for 911, said he nd his associates are not buying the federal report.

The full report is available at

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