The White Flames of Thermite
April 21, 2006
THE WHITE FLAMES OF THERMITE - The bright white reaction producing a whitish smoke in this photo appears to be Thermite on the end of a column. This photo shows the eastern corner of the South Tower, at the 81st floor, at the same time that a massive cascade of molten metal was flowing from this floor a few windows away. This thermitic reaction appears to be occurring on the end of a column which has fallen through the corner.
In his paper, "Why Did the World Trade Center Collapse? Science, Engineering, and Speculation," Prof. Thomas Eagar of MIT wrote:
"Some reports suggest that the aluminum from the aircraft ignited, creating very high temperatures. While it is possible to ignite aluminum under special conditions, such conditions are not commonly attained in a hydrocarbon-based diffuse flame. In addition, the flame would be white hot, like a giant sparkler. There was no evidence of such aluminum ignition, which would have been visible even through the dense soot."
Eagar is apparently unaware of photographs and videos of the World Trade Center towers that show exactly the white flames that occur when thermite reacts producing molten iron and aluminum oxide. In the process steel can be cut like butter.
When sulphur is added to the aluminum-ferrous oxide mixture, the compound is known as thermate and the steel cutting capability is greatly increased because the melting temperature of the steel is lowered. In this case the steel columns of the WTC could have been cut as easily as a warm knife slicing through butter.
This white flame is located at the same corner of the South Tower, at the 81st floor, at the same time as the cascade of molten metal flowed from the corner - at the same level. This thermite reaction appears to be occurring on the end of a column which has fallen through the corner. In the previous photo one can see that this metal column appears to have fallen through the corner.
This white flame is producing whitish oxides - exactly what one would find with a thermite reaction. This is the aluminum oxide that is produced in the reaction. The other products are molten iron and an immense amount of heat. Clearly something was burning white hot on steel columns at the 81st floor area and creating a large amount of molten iron. What was burning here - if not thermite or thermate?