(9:03 a.m.) September 11, 2001: WTC Building 7 Evacuated
According to a soldier at the scene, WTC Building 7 is evacuated before the second tower is hit. [Fort Detrick Standard, 18 October 2001.')" onmouseout="return nd()">Fort Detrick Standard, 10/18/2001] The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) states, “As the second aircraft struck WTC 2, a decision was made to evacuate WTC 7.” This would be just after the Port Authority Police Department called for the evacuation of the entire WTC complex (see 8:59 a.m.-9:02 a.m. September 11, 2001). But by this time, “many WTC 7 occupants [have] already left the building and others [have] begun a self-evacuation of the building.” [Federal building and fire safety investigation of the World Trade Center disaster: The emergency response operations, report prepared by J. Randall Lawson + Robert L. Vettori, 109.')" onmouseout="return nd()">National Institute of Standards and Technology, 9/2005, pp. 109 ] All individuals in the Secret Service’s New York field office, located in WTC 7, were ordered to evacuate after the first attack, and they are in the process of doing so when the second plane hits the South Tower. [PCCW Newsletter, “Spotlight on: Barbara Riggs,” March 2006.')" onmouseout="return nd()">PCCW Newsletter, 3/2006] The Secret Service has a Stinger missile secretly stored in the WTC, to be used to protect the president if there were an attack on the city when he visits it. [The man who warned America: The life and death of John O\'Neill, the FBI\'s embattled counterterror warrior (New York: Regan Books, 2003)., 379.')" onmouseout="return nd()">Weiss, 2003, pp. 379] Presumably, this missile is abandoned with the evacuation. The Office of Emergency Management’s command center, on the 23rd floor of WTC 7, is not evacuated until later, at 9:30 a.m. (see 9:30 a.m. September 11, 2001).