How could explosives be planted in the WTC?

By Rick Shaddock, ANETA Writing Team    (Article under construction)

Although we do not know exactly how explosives could have been planted in the World Trade Center prior to 9/11, without detection, we do know two things for sure. Other possible explanations were not considered in the 9/11 Commission or NIST Reports. Key people were not even mentioned in the final reports.

The possibility of controlled demolition was not seriously considered in the Nine Eleven Official Conspiracy Theory (NEOCT).  There were workers with unfettered access to parts of the builds that were perfect for the planting of explosives, such as in the elevators shafts next to the vertical support columns, and above the ceiling panels next to the horizontal beams.   There were also fireproofing renovation workers.

Dr. Niels Harrit has estimated that it would take "tons" of explosives to demolish the buildings, and demolition experts [We need a name - Tom Sullivan perhaps?] estimated 25 tons or 50,000 pounds.

Workers had access to unoccupied areas by day, and in occupied areas by night, and on week ends.  Workers from the A.C.E. Elevator Company in the WTC elevator shafts from 1994 until 9/11/2001 were not even mentioned in the final reports.  Neither was LVI Services, working on the asbestos removal project.  Nor were the fireproofing workers.  (See video)

The words "Ace elevator" or "A.C.E." (herein ACE) are not found anywhere in the PDF files of the 9/11 Commission or NIST reports, although "elevator" appears multiple times. You can check this out for yourself. The names of the security company, "Securacom" renamed "Stratesec", are not found either.   If the security company cannot be trusted, than there are many ways the explosives could be brought in.  The building owner is also key.  The landlord, Larry Silverstein is only mentioned in the WTC 7 report, as a contributor.

Kevin Ryan has well researched who had access to the WTC towers in his article.

This report will focus on ACE.

ACE got the WTC contract, the biggest elevator project in history, There was an article "Drive to the Top" in the trade magazine Elevator World about the ACE project.

Elevator modernization would be the perfect cover for the planting of explosives. Tom Sullivan, who worked for Controlled Demolition Inc., said that the elevator shafts, next to the load bearing columns, would be the perfect place.

NEOCT supporters may say "people would have seen A.C.E. Elevator planting explosives in the shafts". But building occupants, except for A.C.E. workers and StrateSec security, could not look in the elevator shafts. As an experiment you can do, just try to get permission to look in the shafts. I could not even look in one that I partly own.

A.C.E. Elevator Company went bankrupt in 2006. How could ACE go bankrupt, if they were skilled enough to get the largest contract in history? Presumably they got paid, because Larry Silverstein was fully insured, received over $4 billion, and there are no records of ACE suing Larry.

Some NEOCT supporters may say: "ACE is still in business. So there is nothing suspicious about them". But that is not true.


The Ace Elevator LLC started 2011 is not the same company, as verified with a phone interview with Daniel Boyle. He serves Philadelphia and the address on his web site is a residential house in NJ.  I wanted to know why would anyone take on the name that would expose them to bill collector phone calls?  Dan innocently took the name to be near the top of alphabetical listings, not to try to get ACE's customers. Dan said he is annoyed by a lot of conspiracy calls about the former company, "completely different people."  (So let's not bother him any more.)

Dan says that he heard "there was a labor dispute that day, or in that time frame, and the members of that company, about 50 of them, were pulled out to a union meeting to discuss some business.  You know, I think that is the only reason none of the other elevator guys got hurt."  He suggested following up with the International Union of Elevator Constructors Local 1 Union in New York for more information about that meeting.  Here is his phone interview

Ace Elevator Company in Florida, also a different company, and too far away. Here is their phone interview with their answering service..


Why was Ace chosen, a small company with no significant record of clients, instead of the huge Otis Elevator, with over 100 years of experience? Founder Elisha Otis invented the elevator brake in 1852. Otis had the WTC contract until 1994.


After the 1993 bombing of WTC 1, Otis Elevator employees bravely helped the first responders. As a "reward" they lost the contract to Ace. After the 9/11 attack, Ace employees left, and did not help the first responders.

I was only able to find two interviews with Ace Elevator employees. One was a scathing article in USA Today on site at 9/11.

Mechanics left towers before buildings collapse
The 83-person elevator crew worked for ACE Elevator, a small Palisades Park, N.J., company that won the maintenance contract from Otis in 1994.

At the time the elevator mechanics left, dozens of people were trapped in stuck elevators. 

"After the North Tower is hit, most of the WTC’s 83 elevator mechanics gather in the lobby of the South Tower, but when the second plane hits, they evacuate. In contrast, a passing elevator mechanic from another company runs into the WTC and dies trying to free trapped passengers. "

ACE workers were not being asked to risk their lives, only to answer questions about the elevators from the first responding firemen. The 9/11 Commission should have questioned ACE about their unusual and dishonorable behavior.

The other interview was with Robert Jones, an elevator mechanic, who used to work for Otis. He was interviewed by a regional paper, the Time Herald-Record a NY regional news group, not a nationwide paper. He reported being ordered away from the WTC, and hearing explosives, which is probably why he was not included in the 9/11 Report.

When I got downstairs, I received calls on my radio from my bosses. They wanted everyone to meet in the lobby of B Tower...We were ordered to go from Church Street up to Broadway.

"an explosion or a bomb...went off"

ACE Elevator employees - never investigated

Robert Jones is one of the few Ace Elevator employees we know of, even though there were 80 Ace Employees in the World Trade Center complex on September 11, 2001.  With all the relevant details they have to share, it is beyond bizarre that none of them were called before Bush's Commission to testify, and not even mentioned in any of the reports.

We know of James O'Neill, the Supervisor of Maintenance, who was interviewed by USA Today as saying: "(We) went out to the stret to assess the damage and come back in as needed", although they did not come in, event though they were very much needed.  James is not be confused with the hero John O'Neill, the retired FBI Special Agent, who was hired by Silverstein to be head of security for the WTC, and who died while helping victims escape.

Peter Niederau was Supervisor of the Modernization Project.  He told USA Today "Parts of the lobby and glass were coming down around us, so we all got out of the lobby as fast as we could."   His quote also appears on the web "We were standing there trying to count heads when the second plane hit (the south tower)".  Peter said "We had a procedure... We had a procedure to follow, and they (the mechanics) followed it," Niederau says.. But the Port Authority says the emergency plan called for mechanics to stay and help with rescues.   So Peter was lying.   Peter needs to be investigated, because it is unlikely that explosives could be planted without his knowledge.

"O'Neill radioed John Menville, an ACE Elevator supervisor trained in rescues, and both tried to get back in the building.  The supervisors had special ID badges with red stripes that allowed them behind police lines.  The badges had been issued after the 1993 bombing.  As Menville approached, the south tower collapsed."   The south tower was standing for almost an hour.  So what took them so long?   They stood outside for an hour, trained in rescues, and just talked to the press?

You can check some things for yourself using the web., the "Wayback Machine", shows how web sites looked years ago. The first site visible for AceElevator is from 2001, a simple page with a missing graphic, using Microsoft FrontPage. By contrast,, reserved in 2000, is a professional multi- page site by 2003, the same date as ACE’s, using JavaScript and CSS techniques. Which company would you choose? For more information, see

From June 22, 2011 onwards, gives a error for, saying "403 Forbidden". It was reserved in 2007 by a cyber-squatter.

How did a company with a small office in NY, with a poor web site, supposedly in business 22 years as of 2003 (founded 1981) get the biggest contract in elevator history?

ACE Elevator Co., Inc. is proud to be celebrating it's 22nd anniversary as the New York, Tri-State area's largest, independently-owned elevator contractor. 

As Americans Committed to Excellence, we are still driven by our unrelenting desire and passion to proudly provide full service to the vertical transportation industry.

It is odd that Ace claims to be in business "22 years" and one of NY's "largest" contractors.

The addresses for ACE are 139 East Central Boulevard. With Google Street View, you can see that Otis has professional buildings, including trucks and places to unload.


Ace has a small building in NJ next to residential houses, and an office on which would be difficult for the storage and unloading of equipment.


For more information see

Susan Lindauer reports that trucks were entering the WTC garages in the very early hours, in the weeks prior to 9/11.

The Pentagon was also under construction just prior to 9/11. Ace may be the trump card to play, in the deadly game to find out who could have placed explosives in the WTC towers before 9/11.   ACE Elevator workers should be investigated for staff who knew more about explosives than elevators.

LVI Services, the largest asbestos abatement company, based in New York City, was working for years in the World Trade Center.  Above the ceiling panels, next to support beams, would be the perfect place to plant explosives under the cover of asbestos removal.  LVI removed asbestos from the Pentagon as well, and serves the US Government on controlled demolition projects.  The president of LVI has held numerous Top Secret clearance positions with the Department of Defense.  He was not questioned before the 9/11 Commission nor was his company mentioned in the 9/11 Reports.

Conclusion: ACE and LVI workers could work in the shafts all day and night for months (at the core columns), plus above the ceiling panels by night (at the horizontal support beams), planting explosives without detection.  There should be a new investigation of 9/11, including these workers.

©, Rick Shaddock, 18 June 2014.  All rights waived.  Links to this page are welcome.  Get the truth out!

12/19/2001   - Updated 07:35 AM ET

Mechanics left towers before buildings collapsed

By Dennis Cauchon, USA TODAY

At the time the elevator mechanics left, dozens of people were trapped in stuck elevators. Other people lost their lives trying to rescue those trapped in elevators, including a mechanic from another company who rushed to the Trade Center from down the street.

The departure of elevator mechanics from a disaster site is unusual. The industry takes pride in rescues. In the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995, elevator mechanics worked closely with the firefighters making rescues.

On Sept. 11, the mechanics left on their own, without instructions from police or fire officials. ACE Elevator supervisors say this was consistent with the emergency plan. All the mechanics survived. "We had a procedure. We had a procedure to follow, and they (the mechanics) followed it," Niederau says.

But the Port Authority says the emergency plan called for mechanics to stay and help with rescues. "The manuals consider many emergency scenarios and describe the role of the mechanics in detail in responding to them," Port Authority spokesman Allen Morrison says. "There was no situation in which the mechanics were advised or instructed to leave on their own. They were, depending on the situation, to be dispatched to various emergency posts or to respond to various pas

About 9:45 a.m., from the south tower lobby, Port Authority elevator manager Joseph Amatuccio radioed the ACE Elevator supervisors on their private radio channel. O'Neill recalls him asking: "Can you mobilize to come inside and see what's going on? Because I'm here with the fire department, and they're asking me questions I don't know."

O'Neill radioed John Menville, an ACE Elevator supervisor trained in rescues, and both tried to get back in the building. The supervisors had special ID badges with red stripes that allowed them behind police lines.  The badges had been issued after the 1993 bombing.


LVI Photos

Article about LVI Services (under construction)

Article Reviews

Hi Rick,

Very interesting about LVI. As with ACE they would have had unfettered and unsupervised access to many parts of the buildings. It was also my understanding that the complete fireproofing renovation was no where near complete. In fact it had only just been completed on a few floors. This is possibly why LVI does not mention the WTC in their literature. Another group that may have been present in parts of the buildings was the fire protection crews installing fire sprinklers. With each new crew we also get additional levels of inspectors, one of whom would surely have noticed explosives unless they were carefully and fully concealed.

However, as I see it, you have not yet addressed the issue in the title of the article, "How Could Explosives be Planted" in the buildings. The who is now somewhat covered, but how did they get the explosives into the buildings past security. How were they concealed so as to escape detection. Elevator shafts have both elevator crews and safety inspectors in them and nothing except elevator related equipment is allowed in elevator spaces, nothing else, no other conduit, pipe, or anything. And in the case of fireproofing in those spaces, there would have to be a specialty crew trained specifically in asbestos removal and replacement. That would have brought in the testing labs for both within and outside of the elevator equipment rooms and hoistways.

It has been estimated that approximately 50,000 pounds of explosives were needed in each tower by the demolition experts we have spoken with. That is a lot of material to transport into and distribute throughout the buildings and still avoid detection. Circulation areas are under surveillance as are loading docks, hoistway lobbies, etc.

I would not like for us to put out a FAQ titled "How Could Explosives be Planted" and not address that issue in a thorough and convincing manor (sic). These were my initial questions sent to you via Susan and as of now I have not seen anything that addresses them.