After hearing a few rumors about something hidden close to his home, an Arizona man decided to investigate what was lurking beneath the soil of his backyard. Much to his surprise, he found an odd hatch that had been there all along — and things only got better when he decided to see what was inside.
The incident reportedly took place when Redditor captantarctica moved into a new home in Tucson, Arizona. According to the man, the former owner told him there may be something worth investigating buried in his backyard.
After traveling to the city records building, The Chive reports that he was delighted to find plans for an old bomb shelter that had reportedly been buried in his backyard during the 1960s. With the help of a metal detector, he was able to locate two places where the entrance may have been and decided to start digging.
Sure enough, he found the hatch and pried open the heavy lid, placed there by a company called Whitaker Pools. You can imagine his surprise to see a spiral staircase still intact, leading to the structure below.
Although the entryway was full of dirt and very rusty, he decided to venture down to check things out. However, once he was down there, he found a bit more than he bargained for. As it turns out, the bunker actually still had some supplies inside meant to keep occupants prepared should the worse ever happen.
As he’s since shared in a few follow up posts to Imgur, the Redditor found items like a “Shelter Sanitation Kit,” which was a cardboard barrel full of things like toilet paper, a commode seat, and plastic bags meant to hold and contain waste products. Along with that, he also found medical supplies, an emergency resuscitation kit, gas masks, and even handheld radiation detectors as well.
Of course, the amazed Redditor also noticed that there was actually something less tangible in the bunker as well. As it turns out, he saw there was actually a bit of potential and decided to take things one step further than just exploring.
In fact, this guy decided that a full-blown renovation was in order after venturing down into the dirty bunker that had gone untouched for decades. Although giving it a good sweep did most of the work, there was still a bit to be done, including repairing the entrance.
In just a short amount of time, the man was able to pour a new concrete slab entryway and remove the old, rusty staircase. After that, he constructed a new, more sturdy set so that people could once again travel into the bunker safely.
Next, he got to work on the inside, removing the fiberglass interior. It seems as though he’s got quite a ways to go to finish the shelter, but seeing how he began about 6 months ago, I’d say he’s made incredible progress. I don’t know about you, but I would be absolutely thrilled to make such a discovery in my backyard.
Although people still have fallout shelters today, it seems as though this could be a fun addition to someone’s home. More than likely unfit to operate as a real shelter anymore, the possibilities are endless as it could be transformed into just about anything that suits the owner’s interests. What would you do if you found this hiding in your backyard?