Jet fuel can’t melt steel beams is the most widely used argument by conspiracy theorists to support their assertion that 9/11 was an inside job.
The hypothesis claims that jet fuel doesn’t burn at a high enough temperature to weaken the steel supports of the World Trade Center tower, which means that the jet fuel itself wouldn’t have been able to collapse the buildings.
What many conspiracy theorists ignore is the fact that jet fuel was not the sole reason for the skyscrapers to demolish.
The theory has been debunked by several articles and experiments.
One of the earliest cases of “jet fuel can’t melt steel beams” emerged in 2005, in the first installment of the film series Loose Change which claims that the September 11th, 2001 terror attacks were organized by the US government.
The movie brings up the argument that the burning flames within the World Trade Center towers weren’t hot enough to cause such damage in the structure that would result in a collapse, without further demolition.
Various articles would appear starting in 2010, which debunked the conspiracy.
Following 2014, several memes would appear on sites like Reddit, iFunny, FunnyJunk and 9GAG as well as social media sites like Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, revolving around the running gag of “jet fuel can’t melt steel beams”.
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