More Brilliant Analysis from the Waterboy
Kevin Ryan checks in with a fatheaded article on the explosions in the lobby of the Twin Towers on 9-11.
NIST admitted to the presence of an incendiary explosion at the concourse level and to the deaths and injuries caused by it, stating, a “fireball killed or injured several occupants in the Concourse Level lobby (NIST NCSTAR 1-7, p 73).” However, a scientific explanation was never provided. Instead, an untested hypothesis was given as fact.He goes on to analyze how much jet fuel could have "flowed" down the elevator shafts, particularly the ones which went all the way to the bottom of the towers. Get this bit:
The jet fuel would have adhered to the surface of the elevator shaft as it traveled downward. The elevator shafts were lined with 2-inch thick gypsum planking and the low surface tension jet fuel would have wetted this thoroughly. An estimate of the surface area in an express shaft is 60,000 square feet. A quick experiment shows that gypsum board soaks up approximately 0.03 gallons of kerosene per square foot. All the available jet fuel (120 gallons) would have been lost in this process before the jet fuel bolus reached the mid-point of its fall.If jet fuel had dribbled down the shafts, he might have a point. But perhaps Ryan just missed the key word in NIST's analysis: fireball.
I suggest that Kevin Ryan follow up this article with one exposing the implausibility of jet fuel "flowing" upwards (defying the law of gravity!) during that explosion.