Fall Of The South Tower

  • Playlist
  • Download
  • Embed
    <iframe src="" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Thousands turned out to watch the South Tower of the World Trade Center burn after it was struck by a plane. And they recorded what some will find disturbing — the moment the first of the twin towers collapsed.


At roughly this time 10 years ago, the South Tower of the World Trade Center had been burning for just under an hour. Hundreds of people were still trapped in the building. Thousands of New Yorkers had turned out on nearby city streets to watch the event unfold, some armed with video cameras. And they recorded disturbing images of the moment the first of the twin Towers collapsed.


CORNISH: We'll soon be going live to a moment of silence and remembrance at ground zero, in honor of that moment. That will be marking 9:59, the moment when the South Tower imploded into a cloud of debris and dust that rolled throughout the surrounding neighborhood.

I'm Audie Cornish and you're listening to live, special coverage of the 10th anniversary of the September 11th attacks, from NPR News.

Copyright © 2011 NPR. All rights reserved. Visit our website terms of use and permissions pages at for further information.

NPR transcripts are created on a rush deadline by a contractor for NPR, and accuracy and availability may vary. This text may not be in its final form and may be updated or revised in the future. Please be aware that the authoritative record of NPR’s programming is the audio.



Please keep your community civil. All comments must follow the Community rules and terms of use, and will be moderated prior to posting. NPR reserves the right to use the comments we receive, in whole or in part, and to use the commenter's name and location, in any medium. See also the Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Community FAQ.

NPR thanks our sponsors

Become an NPR sponsor

Support comes from