White, orange and red-tinted plumes rising suspiciously from the top of 1 World Trade Center on Tuesday night were not smoke, officials confirmed, even as Twitter users asked, "If I say it enough times, does that make it true?" Questions like these are what make the World Trade Center so fascinating...
yo, WHY IS THE NEW WORLD TRADE CENTER AKA FREEDOM TOWER ON FIRE?!
— Brandon Caldwell (@_brandoc) February 10, 2016
What looked maybe-sort-of like billowy smoke and flame in numerous grainy pictures posted to social media was in fact water vapor rising from the HVAC system because it was cold out, according to the Port Authority.
“It’s lit up by the tower lights,” a construction supervisor on the scene told the News. “It happens with fog and even clouds. It just looks like smoke.”
We can confirm that there is no fire to report at the WTC https://t.co/FYhvxuh5j8
— FDNY (@FDNY) February 9, 2016
Then again, sometimes it's more fun to say it like you see it.
— MacMusic26 (@MacMusic5) February 10, 2016
Fire on top of the Freedom Tower right now 😳 pic.twitter.com/28rcKRUrPZ
— Nick Orlando (@NickOrlando17) February 10, 2016
THERE IS NO FIRE ! https://t.co/JSWTGUCYUX
— NYPD 1st Precinct (@NYPD1Pct) February 10, 2016