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September 11 Photo Timeline: Smoke Fills the WTC North Tower
Smoke billowed from the North Tower of the New York World Trade Center

Smoke billowed from the North Tower of the New York World Trade Center

Photo © Jose Jimenez/Primera Hora/Getty Images

Debris from the aircraft sliced through the core of the World Trade Center north tower. The elevator shaft became a conduit for burning jet fuel. As smoke billowed from the upper floors, countless people leaped from windows.

The evacuation of WTC 2, the South Tower, was not immediately called for.

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