Re-Thinking 911-Why Barry Jennings Was MistakenSubmitted by fireant on Sun, 07/07/2013 - 16:39
For those who are not aware, Barry Jennings was in Building 7 the morning of 911, and those who believe in controlled demolition of the building, rely heavily on his account of events. Please note beforehand, this is not an attempt to discredit Mr. Jennings personally. He simply was incorrect in some of his assertions, particularly his timeline of events.
Jennings has claimed repeatedly he experienced a "huge explosion" in the building prior to the collapse of either Tower. He describes the damage he witnessed, “When they finally got to us, and they took us down to what they called the lobby, because when I asked them, I said “Where are we?” He said, “This was the lobby.” And I said, “You got to be kidding me.” Total ruins. Keep in mind, when I came in there, the lobby had nice escalators–it was a huge lobby. And for me to see what I saw was unbelievable.”
“The lobby was so destroyed, I didn't know where I was”.
“The lobby was totally destroyed. It looked like King Kong stepped on it!”
I don't doubt his description of the damage he witnessed. But it did not occur prior to collapse of the Towers for this simple reason; here is the lobby AFTER collapse of the South Tower:
Where is the massive damage described by Jennings? All that can be seen is loose debris which blew in through broken windows from the South Tower collapse.
Here is the full video of the interview with Secret Service Officer Bennette. Start at 0:30, and note the cameraman approaches the building from the west on Vesey Street.
There is no sign of any explosion. We know Jennings was in the west stairwell. I spoke with Richard Rotanz, who inspected the building for the city. He entered the building from the east, and ascended to the 15th floor in the east stairwell. He stated the west part of the building was too damaged to gain access. Since the east stairwell was passable, that leaves only the west stairwell for Jennings account of it collapsing. Here is the floor plan with stairwells:
Note the proximity of the major damage from the North Tower collapse with the west stairwell. Is is possible the "explosion" Jennings experienced (in a dark stairwell) was from the falling debris of the North Tower? You'll have to answer that question yourself. What is clear is Jennings did not experience any explosion prior to either of the Tower collapse.