World Trade Center Attack
Reports From Ground Zero:
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- The Attack:
- Tower 1,
roughly two minutes after being struck. (15MB)
- Tower 1 video with audio from a NYC news station as the news reports started coming in. (2MB)
- Shots of Tower 1, Federal Plaza, and Broadway; note that everyone
on the streets below are still quite calm. As soon as the second
tower was struck, people immediately started scattering. The news
report in this clip also contains one of the most insipid comments
ever made by a news reporter during a national disaster. (Listen for
the female reporter's comment about injuries at the scene.) (13MB)
- Tower 2 fireball: Select high-resolution
version (67MB) (update 2009-05-02: this video has been re-uploaded, and is now available in its entirety) or smaller version (13MB). There is also a shorter version
with a higher frame rate in both a high-resolution
version (55MB) (update 2009-05-02: this video has been re-uploaded, and is now available in its entirety) and a smaller
Note: The reporters' voices that you hear in the
background are coming from a television right next to the camera.
Reports started arriving almost immediately after the first strike.
- Streets of Tribeca, the Evening After the Attack:
- The Next Day:
- Same view as
the Tower Fireball videos, but with a different skyline. (9MB)
- Shot of the
smoke rising from the WTC site, and a mostly deserted Federal
- The war zone at Chambers Street and West Broadway. (8MB)
Perhaps difficult to tell in the video, but the sidewalks are covered in ash, a couple of inches deep in places.
- More scenes of the National Guard Line at Chambers Street
and West Broadway. (5MB)
- Smoke rising from Ground Zero. (3MB) Scenes shot at Chambers Street
and West Broadway. Not terribly interesting. :-)
- Heavy equipment moving into the area. (1.3MB)
The earth movers in the scene are traveling east on Chambers Street, crossing West Broadway.
graveyard at West Broadway and Duane Street. (20MB) Rescue
personnel moved these vehicles here from the site of the
- Soot covers
the sidewalks all the way back to West Broadway and Reade. (2.6MB)
- Many of
the local residents were wearing face masks. (15MB)
- Scenes of
firefighting on West Broadway from Duane Street. (4MB) You can
see Building 6 in the background.
- The National
Guard line at Chambers Street, and scenes of firefighting on West
Broadway. (2.5MB) You can see Building 6 in the background.
- View of
Building 7, as seen from the National Guard line at West Broadway
and Chambers Street. (10MB) As the camera zooms in, you can see the
side of the building is lying at an angle.
- Looking down Greenwich from the National
Guard line at Chambers Street. (7MB) Trucks filled with debris are being hosed down prior to leaving the area.
- View of
Building 7 area, as seen from the National Guard line at
Greenwich Street and Chambers Street. The camera was running low on batteries at this point,
so the scenes are very short, but the damage is quite evident. (18MB)
- Friday, 14 September (Day 4):
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21 Oct 2012 - With thanks to Nicole for letting me know that the video links were broken!
21 Nov 2015 - With thanks to Lucero for letting me know that the videos weren't working! I have updated all of the video formats.