Saturday, August 18, 2007

Salt Lake City's Key Bank Building Expertly Pulled In Controlled Demolition - Jet Fuel Not Needed

On August 18th, 2007, a 27-year old landmark in downtown Salt Lake City was removed as the final step to make way for the development of the new City Creek Center. Sources include two stories in the Deseret Morning News. The first, entitled "Key Bank Tower Comes Down", discusses the technical details and includes numerous photos as well as links to two videos, while the second, entitled "Spectacular Implosion Impresses Crowds", focuses more on the human interest angle generated by a crowd of onlookers. The Salt Lake Tribune also published a story on this event.

The implosion of the former Key Bank tower - which once stood next to the Crossroads Plaza mall on 50 South Main Street - has been in the works for months to make way for the City Creek Center project (City Creek is slated for completion sometime in 2011). The deed was done in a matter of seconds at 6:40 A.M. - five minutes early to beat an advancing storm.

The Key Bank tower is the last building on the Crossroads Plaza block to be demolished for the project. Demolition work has recently begun on the adjacent ZCMI Center block, but none of the buildings there will require implosion.

A Baltimore-based demolition company - the same one that brought down the Hotel Newhouse in Salt Lake City about a quarter century ago - had strategically planted 180 pounds of explosive in the basement, second and 10th floors to topple the 20-story structure. The explosion was intended to take out structural beams that would leave the building's 32 support columns with too much weight to bear, causing the tower to fall in on itself. A mix of explosives was used, mostly RDX inside extruded copper bars. The charges were also timed sequentially so that the building would fall away from Main Street yet mostly land within its footprint. [Ed. Note: The three collapsed WTC buildings ALSO landed mostly within their "footprints", but we're told that "jet fuel" caused their collapse, although only two of them were struck by airliners.]

Okland Construction, which is handling the demolition work for the Crossroads block, opted for implosion for the tower rather than other methods of demolition because it was deemed the quickest, safest way to take the building down. Alternatives would have taken several months, snarling traffic and kicking up dust daily.

Okland contracted with Baltimore-based Controlled Demolition Inc. to carry out the implosion. Officials did not specify how much the implosion cost, but they said it was more than $1 million. Still, they said manual or mechanical demolition methods would have been costlier. And Controlled Demolition is a major player; in 2001, they were tapped by Tully Construction to remove steel debris from the WTC site in New York City.

Dozens of spectators gathered nearby to watch the event. Ross Kendell, a former Key Bank president from 1987 to 1995, watched the implosion with "some very real sadness." His office for 15 years was at the top of the 290-foot building, with views of the state Capitol, Ensign Peak, Temple Square, the University of Utah and the Wasatch Mountains. "In my view, it was the finest office in town. I was very biased. I felt that the tower played a very important part in helping establish our bank as one of the major banks in the Salt Lake City and Utah market", he said.

Kendell's grandson, 5-year-old Joseph Kendell, was considerably less articulate but just as eloquent, in his own way. "Cool," he said. He admitted he was tired and would probably take a nap later in the day, but he said it was well worth getting up early to watch the building fall.

Commentary: Note carefully that Controlled Demolition placed explosives throughout the entire building, including the basement, to accomplish the takedown. Placing explosives at the base of the support columns would shear them off, helping ensure a collapse within a small, compact footprint. No jet fuel or other accelerant used.

On September 11, 2001, the three WTC buildings also collapsed on a compact footprint. The collapse of WTC-7 in particular was a textbook example - it almost looked like a computer simulation. Yet we're supposed to believe the government's conclusion that "jet fuel" brought down these buildings, even though only two of them were struck by aircraft?

Take a look at this YouTube video of a computer simulation of the airliner striking WTC-1 and decide for yourself.

Note: As of 10:25 P.M. MDT, video suddenly unavailable. I'll leave the link up for a while in case it comes back.

While the simulation does not account for the effect of hot jet fuel running down the building through crawl spaces and elevator shafts, it does provide a realistic picture of what the airliner breach may have looked like from the inside. However hot jet fuel running down an elevator shaft is likely to start cooling off immediately, dropping below the temperature needed to weaken steel support columns.

And it's not just ordinary people questioning the Official Authorized Version of 9-11. The Patriotsquestion911 website lists over 180 architects and engineers who've publicly challenged the official version. In a speech delivered at Sonoma State University on April 20th, 2007, Richard Gage, the founding member of Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth, had this to say:

"Another 2006 poll by Scripps Howard, Ohio University, which found that a shocking 16% believe that the World Trade Center's Twin Towers were brought down by explosives. Unfortunately, my research has also concluded that this is true. Tonight I will present to you the very clear evidence that all three World Trade Center high-rise buildings, the Twin Towers and Building 7 were destroyed not by fire as our government has told us, but by controlled demolition with explosives."

And some prominent people who've deviated from the official party line have been sanctioned. Many of us remember the famous case of BYU professor Steven Jones, who, when he refused to desist from presenting his alternate views of 9-11, was gently kicked to the curb by BYU authorities most likely acting at the behest of the senior Latter-day Saint Church leadership. Political correctness, whether it be from the left or right, should have no place in our universities.

And 9-11 continues to trigger strong and conflicting emotions amongst the American people. Nowhere is this conflict better exemplified than in the delightfully raucous intellectual free-fire zone known as the Vanguard News Network Forum. While the majority of forum members tend to share a particularly racial worldview, they are anything but united on 9-11. A thread entitled "WTC, Packed With Explosives, Blown To Smithereens", begun by the Forum's webmaster Alex Linder on March 4th, 2006, still rages on 699 posts later. The best way to resolve the diferences and, most importantly, to provide final closure for the friends and loved ones of the 9-11 victims, is for the government to release the whole story, regardless of where it might lead. Our government, which we pay for with our taxes, owes us no less.

Jet Fuel! Yep, that's a good one, alright!

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