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Never-Before-Seen 9/11 Photos Discovered On CD In House Clearance Sale

Never-Before-Seen 9/11 Photos Discovered On CD In House Clearance Sale

Inevitably, at a house clearance sale, you have to wade through mountains of rubbish if you're ever to find anything remotely useful or interesting.

But even the most experienced house sale scourer could never expect to find anything quite as significant as a photo collection that was recently unearthed in the US.

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Photos from the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks have been discovered at a house clearance sale. Credit: Jason Scott/Flickr
Photos from the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks have been discovered at a house clearance sale. Credit: Jason Scott/Flickr

Around 2,400 pictures taken from Ground Zero in the wake of the 9/11 attacks were discovered on a collection of CDs. The discs were in poor condition, but ultimately the data was retrievable, and the photos have now been uploaded to Flickr.

The photos appear to have been taken by an unidentified construction worker involved in the clear-up process and the pictures depict the wreckage of the World Trade Centre that surrounded them.

The pictures offer a harrowing insight into the tragedy. Credit: Jason Scott/Flickr
The pictures offer a harrowing insight into the tragedy. Credit: Jason Scott/Flickr

Dr Johnathan Burgess, whose partner discovered the photos at the sale, archived the images and released them through fellow archivist Jason Scott. He said the photographs could very well have been lost forever had they not found them.

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According to the BBC, he said: "Generally these items are neglected at sales. It's very likely these would be in a dumpster by now had we not gone.

"It's a miracle the discs transferred so well, CD Roms of that age are pretty spotty."

Thousands of workers involved in the clear up have since developed illnesses. Credit: Jason Scott/Flickr
Thousands of workers involved in the clear up have since developed illnesses. Credit: Jason Scott/Flickr

Dr Burgess has been unsuccessful in tracking down the photographer so far, but said he decided to share the collection in order to do 'what's right for humanity'.

Almost 3,000 people were killed and a further 6,000 were injured in the attacks in 2001, which saw four hijacked airliners crashing into the World Trade Centre in New York, the Pentagon and a field in Pennsylvania.

The photographer is, as of yet, unidentified. Credit: Jason Scott/Flickr
The photographer is, as of yet, unidentified. Credit: Jason Scott/Flickr

A further 400,000 people directly involved in managing the immediate aftermath of the disaster are believed to have been exposed to toxic contaminants, or suffered injury or trauma, according to the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Featured Image Credit: Jason Scott/Flickr

Topics: Interesting, US News

Jake Massey

Jake Massey is a journalist at LADbible. He graduated from Newcastle University, where he learnt a bit about media and a lot about living without heating. After spending a few years in Australia and New Zealand, Jake secured a role at an obscure radio station in Norwich, inadvertently becoming a real-life Alan Partridge in the process. From there, Jake became a reporter at the Eastern Daily Press. Jake enjoys playing football, listening to music and writing about himself in the third person.

 

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