A US blacksmith made a viral video to prove 9/11 conspiracy theorists wrong
Jet fuel not melting steel beams is a popular conspiracy theory that one man got tired of hearing. (Screenshot via YouTube)
Tired of hearing the “jet fuel can’t melt steel beams” conspiracy theory, a US blacksmith decided to make a video debunking the popular argument that planes alone could not have destroyed the Twin Towers. Many conspiracy theorists—sometimes called “truthers”—believe that planes being flown into the World Trade Center would not be enough to bring down the buildings on September 11, 2001.
They attempt to prove this by stating that jet fuel burns at between 800 and 1,500 degrees, however steel does not melt until around 2,700 degrees. Using this as “evidence,” they often claim that explosives must have been placed in the buildings by some sort of Israeli/CIA/Illuminati coalition—the usual suspects in conspiracy theories.
The theory lives on today on the Internet, mostly through memes.
— Doogie Howitzer (@HowitzerDoogie) October 19, 2015
Trenton Tye, a blacksmith from Georgia, USA, posted a video debunking this theory on YouTube which last week went viral. The video has been viewed over 6.6 million times and has been hailed as a “drops mic” moment in the ongoing debate.
Tye highlights a major inconsistency in the theory by showing that steel heated to around 1,800 becomes so weak that it resembles a “noodle,” as he wittily puts it. So weak, in fact, that it would never be able to hold the weight of the floors above the impact zone.
See the video below, via YouTube.