Uploaded in 2011 by Mark LaGanga from CBS, this rarely scene footage from ground zero shows the nightmare and confusion that occurred thirteen years ago today. With only a little over 100,000 views, this is by far one of the more interesting first-hand experiences captured on video. It’s pretty remarkable how far LaGanga went to capture what happened, including standing at the base of the second tower’s collapse.
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After watching the footage, I can’t help but think of it in terms of a “found footage” horror movie, with the camera man recording everything, talking to whomever will talk to him, not forgetting to ask their name and rank. He gets closeups of destroyed cars, clothes lying on the ground, and the debris as it falls from the sky.
The upload has a timeline written in the description.
00:17- Dust plume shortly after the collapse of South Tower (WTC2) at 9:59am. Shot from West Street.
05:20 – Inside WTC7 lobby at around 10:15am. Running up the escalator to the 3rd floor. Secret Service agent Bennette (OST) at 6:55.
Later on Vesey Street, looking east on it’s south face and the 3rd floor promenade (9:42).
11:30 – At the base of the North Tower (west face).
Heavily damaged Marriott Hotel (WTC3) due South Tower debris.
16:16 – WTC1 survivor Mike Benfante, Network Plus, 81st floor.
18:07 – North Tower (WTC1) falls at 10:28am.
There’s a lot of footage of the September 11th attacks, but LaGanga’s by far is one of the more in depth pieces of footage from that morning. He takes on the role of not only a photographer, but also a journalist with a genuine interest in what happened, as opposed to a news outlet reporting for five minutes and getting the hell out of there.
Visit Mark LaGanga’s professional site HERE.
Our thoughts go out to the families and citizens who were affected by the 9/11 attacks on this day in 2001.
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