New 9/11 Photos of World Trade Center Released

A set of photographs of the World Trade Center as its two towers crumbled to the ground on September 11, 2001, have been released by ABC News to the public for the first time. The 13 photographs shot by New York Police Detective Greg Semendinger are the only ones taken from up close the twin towers, which collapsed to the ground after being hit by two airliners on that fateful day that change America forever.

The pictures were acquired by ABC News from the National Institute of Standards and Technology by invoking the Freedom of Information Act. Semendinger was aboard a helicopter flying over the New York City airspace when he took the photographs.

Although the photos had been published in the past, this is the first time that the general public would be given access to them. Jan Ramirez, chief curator at the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, said the pictures would allow people to see the World Trade Center attacks in a complete different context.

People can view the photos here.