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Incredible never-before-seen images of the Ground Zero clean-up operation discovered in a worker's photo archive nearly two decades after 9/11 provide a haunting glimpse of the immediate aftermath of the terror attack that killed [nearly] 3,000 people

A random estate sale purchase yielded an incredible archive of never-publicly-before-seen photographs of the Twin Towers clean-up operation, providing a haunting glimpse of 9/11’s immediate aftermath

Discovered on a series of damaged CD’s, the some 2,400 images were captured in the direct wake of the September 11 attacks, with the vast majority dating between mid-September and October, 2001

Taken from above and on the ground, the pictures show workers and heavy machinery submerged in a deep and ominous chasm of scorched iron, folded metal and the skeletal outlines of office floors

Others document a desolate and apocalyptic view from overheard, showing once renowned tourist hot-spots, such as the Winter Garden Atrium, beaten, dust-clad and lifeless

They had been hidden away on a series of rotting CDs in storage until Dr. Johnathan Burgess and his wife acquired the discs recently at an estate sale, managing to salvage the images

The September 11 attacks claimed the lives of nearly 3,000 people, after four hijacked commercial airliners flew into the North and South World Trade Center towers, the Pentagon and a Pennsylvania field


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