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This Man Decided To Put "Jet Fuel Can't Melt Steel Beams" Conspiracy Theory To The Test

The truth is out there.

Trenton Tye, a blacksmith from Georgia, recently uploaded this video addressing the ongoing claim among 9/11 truthers that jet fuel can't melt steel beams.

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The truther claim came to prominence in 2005, when conspiracy theorists noted that most steel doesn't start melting until around 2,700 degrees Fahrenheit.

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The theory goes that since ignited jet fuel in the 9/11 explosions didn't get hot enough to melt steel — jet fuel burns at 800 to 1,500 degrees, but the melting point for most steel is 2,700 degrees — the collapsed buildings must have been an inside job. It's a theory that has been roundly debunked, but that somehow has lived on, particularly in meme form.

The meme is still in circulation, and at times it's almost a parody of itself.

In his video, Tye vents over the fact that the truther claim just won't go away.

He goes on to explain that just because steel melts at around 2,700 degrees doesn't mean it can't be significantly compromised at lower temperatures, so much so that it would lose its ability to support much of anything.

Farid Alfawak-hiri, senior engineer at the American Institute of Steel Construction, told Popular Mechanics that steel loses about 50% of its strength at 1,100 degrees. At 1,800 degrees, steel's strength can be less than 10%.

To illustrate his point, Tye uses a half-inch steel beam to support a 250-pound anvil. He then pulls out what he claims is an identical beam that is heated to 1,800 degrees.

He then removes the beam from the heat, places it in the anvil support, and bends it with ease.

Extreme ease.

He ends the video by calling the truther argument invalid. "Find a job," he concludes. He told BuzzFeed that he wanted to prove one simple point: "You don't have to melt steel to cause it to fail."