A new study has recently made claims that evidence of a ‘highly engineered explosive’ has been found at the former site of the World Trade Center, now called “Ground Zero” since the terrorist attacks of 911:


ABOVE: Smoke rises over Manhattan in the aftermath of the September 2001 terrorist attacks

According to an article at the website The Raw Story based on the original study (which first appeared in the peer-reviewed Open Chemical Physics Journal), quotes from the study’s abstract state “We have discovered distinctive red/gray chips in all the samples we have studied of the dust produced by the destruction of the World Trade Center. One sample was collected by a Manhattan resident about ten minutes after the collapse of the second WTC Tower, two the next day, and a fourth about a week later. The properties of these chips were analyzed using optical microscopy, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray energy dispersive spectroscopy (XEDS), and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC).”

And what of the results of the study? Steven E. Jones and Niels Harrit, who authored the study, claim their analysis has uncovered “active thermitic material”: a combination of elemental aluminum and iron oxide in a form of thermite known as “nanostructured super-thermite.” Thermite is found beneficial in a variety of industrial applications, and is used in steel welding, fireworks shows, and even hand grenades used by the military. The substance is capable of producing a chemical reaction noted for its “extremely high temperatures focused in a very small area for a short period of time.”

The implications made by the study are quite obvious… but could they be true? Where (or how) else might Thermite have appeared in the vicinity at the time of the 9-11 terrorist attacks of 2001?

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Author: Micah Hanks

Micah Hanks is a writer, researcher, and podcaster. His interests include areas of history, science, archaeology, philosophy, and the study of anomalous phenomena in nature. He can be reached at info@micahhanks.com.