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philb Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-18-05 09:03 PM
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54. did the firemen hear explosions (or pancaking ) when the buildings fell?
What kind of sound would pancaking make? How would it be different from explosions from controlled demolition? Lots of them heard the sounds that many described as explosions. But what caused them?

Also, how long did the south tower collapse sequence last. This one and several more make it sound like as much as a couple of minutes? In phases, not all at once. And several floors standing at ground level for awhile according to some.

FIREFIGHTER CRAIG CARLSEN -explosions (or pancaking) when buildings fell ? File No. 9110505

I guess about three minutes later you just heard explosions coming from building two, the south tower. It seemed like it took forever, but there were about ten explosions. At the time I didn't realize what it was. We realized later after talking and finding out that it was the
floors collapsing to where the plane had hit.

We then realized the building started to come down. At that point everybody at the command post took off into -- there were two garages across. I guess it was by Two World Financial Center next to the Winter Garden, just a little bit south of the north bridge.

I made it in about 20 feet inside the door, and I tripped over an EMT who I guess broke his leg and was disabled. I pretty much just
stayed there and tried to comfort him. Before I had gone into the garage, I grabbed a mask. At that point, that's when the building
started to come down , and you could see the force of air coming
towards you. I was just trying to drag the EMT down the ramp. That's when the blast came. (how long did this collapse sequence last?)

We made it to approximately Vesey and West, which is just north of the bridge. Then the second building started to come down.
At that point everybody just took off in all different directions. As far as I know, we just went north up West Street. I would guess
we made it up to Barclay, maybe, and whatever it was knocked us down, the force of the wind. The second one coming down, you knew the explosions. Now you're very familiar with it. Of course when I looked up, all I could see was the antenna coming down.
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