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July 22nd, 2011, 19:53
Beg to differ, bn.

Look at the bricks on the corner. They were peeled off. Outside pressure wave. Look at the structural buckling (the previous pictures are actually a better angle to see it), the beams are bowed inward (which can happen with an internal wave, but generally only due to other structural failures) which most likely shows an outside pressure wave. The fire may be at the top, but the worst damage is at ground level.

The reason there's no fire at the bottom is because all the flamables were either incinerated in the explosion or were blown far into the building. By the time you get to the top floor, you've got enough heat for ignition but not for incineration and the pressure wave has spread enough that all the paper/furniture/curtains/etc aren't blown away from the blast zone.

Sorry. No pearls of wisdom in this oyster.
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