At 11:07 a.m. in the morning of September 11, 2001, a CNN correspondent in New York reported that a third tower had possibly collapsed. While this report was incorrect, it is interesting to note that the reporter’s description could have applied to World Trade Center Building 7. This huge skyscraper was indeed the third tower to collapse on 9/11. However it did not come down until late in the afternoon, more than six hours after this report.
CNN correspondent Allan Dodds Frank reported by phone from Lower Manhattan. He described: “[J]ust two or three minutes ago there was yet another collapse or explosion. I’m now out of sight, a Good Samaritan has taken me in on Duane Street. But at a quarter to 11, there was another collapse or explosion following the 10:30 collapse of the second tower. And a firefighter who rushed by us estimated that 50 stories went down. The street filled with smoke. It was like a forest fire roaring down a canyon.” 
WTC 7 was a 47-story tower, so would have fitted the description of the estimated “50 stories” described by Frank. And it did indeed collapse completely. One could in fact accurately describe its demise with Frank’s words: “The street filled with smoke. It was like a forest fire roaring down a canyon.” However, this collapse did not happen until 5:20 that afternoon.
What could have led Frank to make his incorrect report? Surely, even in the chaos of that morning, it would have been quite difficult for a mistaken report of another massive skyscraper coming down to have emerged out of nothing. Could the reason be that WTC 7 had originally been scheduled to be brought down (with explosives) at 10:45 a.m.? The incorrect information Frank reported had therefore been put out, by persons unknown, on the assumption that this would be the case. However, something–as yet unknown to us–happened that meant the demolition had to be delayed, and so Building 7 was not ready to be brought down until late that afternoon.
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