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Tin with paper money and coins
Description: This burned paper currency and tin of melted coins were recovered from the damaged offices in the Pentagon.

Context: When the hijacked airplane was crashed into the Pentagon, the jet fuel ignited a huge fire. The heat from the blaze was so intense that it melted coins stored in this tin on an office worker’s desk.

The Pentagon houses over 23,000 civilian and military employees, and is the headquarters for the U.S. Department of Defense. In the Pentagon attack, 125 employees were killed and some 140 more were injured.

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Damaged office
An unidentified office at the Pentagon that suffered severe fire damage.

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