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On September 11 2001 the United States came under attack by a foreign terrorist group named Al-Qaeda an organization headed by a known terrorist Osama Bin Laden Upon his orders two high-jacked passenger airplanes descended on the World Trade Center Towers on an approach to terrorize and victimize Americans Upon impact and as a result many average Americans perished as they scurried to escape from a blazing inferno and impending collapse Unfortunately minutes after the impact of one of the planes the first tower succumbed to the fire and impact leveling an iconic landmark Moments later the second tower followed in its wake claiming over 3000 lives that were trapped inside the buildings and an additional 300 plus first responders police officers and firefighters rushing to their aid As the cleanup search rescue and recovery of those missing began so did the prompting of a fire investigation as to why the towers fell and why so quickly In this presentation I will explore some of the controversial theories thoughts and activities which followed such as the fire investigators role in finding a cause the potential chemistry physics aspects of collapse and scene analysis The post-impact collapse of the World Trade Center buildings commenced highly sought-after information from various agencies namely FEMA and other volunteer organizations wishing to gain answers as to why it collapsed when structural engineers previously documented the towers can withstand aircraft strikes the size of Boeing 707s When in fact this event changed those original thoughts and drove a new vision of direction into assuring safety in skyscraper construction building codes and standards as well as building design and operational practices Much debate continues to this day between structural engineers and fire investigators about what caused the twin towers to fall Some speculate that the building was structurally deficient due to its age while others believe the impact of the aircrafts themselves severed the inner main structural members causing a pancake effect
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