Why Didn’t Millions of Gallons of Water Put Out the Ground Zero Fires?

Nanothermite usage is hazardous due to the extremely high temperatures produced and the extreme difficulty in smothering a reaction once initiated.

These toasted cars are in the lot northwest of the WTC complex. There is little visible rust so the photo was probably within a day or two of 9/11/2001.

Why Didn’t Millions of Gallons of Water Put Out the Ground Zero Fires?

4 million gallons of water were dropped on Ground Zero within the first 10 days after September 11, according to the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratories

Approximately three million gallons of water were hosed on site in the fire-fighti
ng efforts, and 1 million gallons fell as rainwater, between 9/11 and 9/21 .

The spraying continued for months afterward (the 10 day period was simply the timeframe in which the DOE was sampling). Enormous amounts of water were hosed on Ground Zero continuously, day and night:

“Firetrucks [sprayed] a nearly constant jet of water on [ground zero]. You couldn’t even begin to imagine how much water was pumped in there,” said Tom Manley of the Uniformed Firefighters Association, the largest fire department union. “It was like you were creating a giant lake.”

Moreover, the fires were sprayed with thousands of gallon
s of high tech fire-retardants.

And yet, the world trade center fire was “the longest-burning structural fire in history”. The temperatures were so high that there was molten metal at ground zero for months after 9/11.

Why didn’t the enormous quantities of water and fire-retardant sprayed at Ground Zero put out the fires? How could fires and molten metal have burned for months, when fires from normal office and building materials and available sources of oxygen should have been doused by all of the water?

Dr. Steven Jones gives one possibility: “Thermite contains its own supply of oxygen and so the reaction cannot be smothered, even with water”.

The thermite reaction releases dangerous ultra-violet (UV) light requiring that the reaction not be viewed directly, or that special eye protection (for example, a welder’s mask) be worn.

Original source for this article here.

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