Ralph Patterson Video (WNBC-TV) - Snippets Chronologically Sorted




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Published on Aug 6, 2014

0:57 - Tight shot on the WTC 1 west face before 9:03 a.m.

1:46 - Known WTC 2 impact explosion/fireballs, shot from West Street. Interview with gentleman just before impact was removed by NBC in this version.

Shot by WNBC-TV camera operator Ralph Patterson.

Patterson was the first NBC cameraman on scene and the only TV videographer who was located almost at the base of the towers before 9:03 a.m.
See Jeff Scarborough's book "September's Camera" (2007), reading excerpt:

pp. 10-11: "WNBC cameraman Ralph Patterson happened to be almost right at the World Trade Center when the first plane struck, and he shot NBC's first video of the scene."


Screencapped preview version of video clips in an online video compilation reel found on NBC Universal Archives:

Clips were chronologically ordered by uploader. Main reference point was the fire and smoke developement at west face of WTC 1.

Excerpt from compilation tape description on video page (video parts were chronologically misplaced):

"01:23:11 Local Tape - Green label #5 - Patterson Material Two shot flaming tower one - push in to flaming debris - tight shot of flames - pulls out

01:24:31 Local tape Green label # 5 - Patterson material double ball of fire is seen as tower 2 is hit

01:24:47 Local Tape - Green label #5 - Patterson Material - Patterson material Ground level shot smoldering tower one

01:25:03 Local Tape - Green label #5 - Patterson Material Ground level shot flaming tower one at Vesey Street

01:25:14 Local Tape - Green label #5 - Patterson Material ground level two shot of both towers smoldering -pushes in to fluttering paper and flames

01:26:02 Local Tape - Green label #5 - Patterson Material another ground level shot smoldering towers

01:26:42 Local Tape - Green label #5 - Patterson Material shot of tower one smoldering - seen from West Side Highway"


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