April 6, 2009
red and gray chips found in the dust from the collapse of the
Steven E. Jones, who retired from Brigham Young University in 2006 after the
school recoiled from the controversy surrounding his 9/11 theories, is one of
nine authors on a paper published last week in the online, peer-reviewed Open
Chemical Physics Journal. Also listed as authors are BYU
physics professor Jeffrey Farrer and a professor of nanochemistry at the
For several years, Jones has theorized that prepositioned explosives, not fires from jet fuel, caused the rapid, symmetrical collapse of the two World Trade Center buildings, plus the collapse of a third building, WTC-7.
newest research, according to the journal authors, shows that dust from the
collapsing towers contained a "nanothermite"
material that is highly explosive. Although the article draws no conclusions
about the source and purpose of the explosives, Jones has previously supported
a theory that the collapse of the WTC towers was part of a government
conspiracy to ignore warnings about the 9/11 terrorists so that the attack
A layer of dust lay over parts of Manhattan immediately following the collapse of the towers, and it was samples of this dust that Jones and fellow researchers requested in a 2006 paper, hoping to determine "the whole truth of the events of that day." They eventually tested four samples they received from New Yorkers.
sample was from a man who had swept up a handful of dust on the
Red/gray chips, averaging in size between .2 and 3 mm, were found in all four dust samples. The chips were then analyzed using scanning electron microscopy and other high-tech tools. The red layer of the chips, according to the researchers, contains a "highly energetic" form of thermite. While normal thermite (a mixture of finely granulated aluminum and an oxide of metal) can be incendiary, "super thermite" is explosive. He says there is no benign explanation for the thermite in the WTC dust.
made headlines in 2005 when he argued that the rapid and symmetrical fall of
forced to retire, Jones says he is now paying for research out of his own
pocket. He likens himself to Galileo and