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9/11 Wasn't a Hoax

Layne Radlauer Layne Radlauer
17th April 2021
9/11 Wasn't a Hoax
Jet fuel weakened the twin towers' structural integrity (Getty Images).

The Claim

Jet fuel doesn’t get hot enough to melt steel beams, thus showing that 9/11 was a hoax.

Emerging story

It’s hard to say for sure, but conspiracies about 9/11 likely originated on 9/11. Over time, they became more complicated, especially once the 9/11 Commission Report was released to the public. One of these conspiracies has became a meme since: jet fuel can’t melt steel beams.

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Misbar’s Analysis

Misbar's investigation found that the theory alleges that the fuel used by the planes didn’t burn hot enough to melt steel beams. Since jet fuel burns at about 1,500 degrees and steel melts at around 2,700 degrees F, there’s no way that jet fuel was hot enough to cause the buildings to collapse.

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However, while the jet fuel didn’t melt steel beams, it did weaken their structural integrity. Fire from the jet fuel spread rapidly across the building, as the fuel ignited other flammable material. Warped from the heat, the beams weren’t able to support the weight. As a result, they collapsed, causing a domino effect that led to the destruction of the Twin Towers.

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