City: No more photographs of World Trade Center site
By Elisabetta Coletti, Associated Press, 09/26/01
NEW YORK -- Photography at the World Trade Center site, where thousands
of curious New Yorkers and tourists have gathered with still and video
cameras since the terrorist attacks, was banned by Mayor Rudolph
photographic equipment or video equipment may be brought into the area
or used, except with the approval of the Police Commissioner," said a
statement issued by the mayor's office on Tuesday.
statement said that the ban was issued because the site is a crime
scene and that cameras and video equipment could be seized. No one from
the mayor's office was available early Wednesday to explain why the
order wasn't issued earlier.
signs were posted around the Trade Center site late Tuesday, warning
passers-by that they risk prosecution for a Class B misdemeanor for
taking pictures or violating any of the order's other provisions,
including no pedestrian or vehicular traffic or occupancy of buildings
within site boundaries.
Michael DiFrancisco, standing guard at a barricade, said the photo ban
also was "out of respect for the families and all those concerned."
than 6,300 people are missing and feared dead in the wreckage. Since
the day after the Sept. 11 attack, no survivors have been pulled out --
only bodies and body parts.
Bill Homan, standing two blocks from the twisted metal and concrete, said he was going to take pictures anyway.
a phenomenal picture," said Homan, 27, a Staten Island history teacher.
"In 20 years I could say, `Yes, I've seen that. I have pictures from
There were no reports of seized equipment as of early Wednesday, police spokeswoman Sgt. Marian Messina said.
Associated Press Writers Lukas I. Alpert and Vince Willis contributed to this report.