Then, 56 minutes after Flight 175 had crashed into the South Tower, the building fell, releasing an enormous cloud of ash and dust. Only a few minutes later, LaGanga arrived at the scene – just a short distance from the so-called “hot zone,” or the immediate area of the disaster. It is from this point that his video begins.
Firstly, LaGanga captured a stream of people fleeing the enormous dust cloud coming from the tower. In order to get a good shot, the cameraman had climbed atop a news truck, and from this viewpoint he was unaware that the South Tower had just collapsed. “There was so much dust, and the street signs were hard to see, that it never really dawned on me that one tower already came down,” he recalled to the CBS program 60 Minutes Overtime in September 2018.
Then LaGanga began walking towards the hot zone, with the sound of sirens and shouting all around him. Trying to figure out what was happening, he made an inquiry to a stunned-seeming police officer who was coming the other way. “The roof,” replied the police officer. “Something caved in… it collapsed. I need some water.” Covered in dust, the cop stopped to clear his throat and nose.