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This House Comes With Fully Stocked Fallout Shelter
A newly purchased Woodland Hills house comes complete with a backyard bomb shelter, built by a nuclear engineer in 1961.
New owner Chris Otcasek told CBS he expected to just find a hole in the ground, but the shelter, which sits 15 feet below ground, is actually stocked with vintage packaged food, board games, magazines and gadgets. He showed off items including sleeping pills, a bedpan and a hand-cranked air filter.
The shelter was built by Alvin Kaufman, a nuclear engineer. His daughter, Debra, who grew up in the house, told CBS, “In that era, in the '60s, there was a much greater fear and feeling that a nuclear war was possible."
Kaufman estimated that the shelter could sustain a family of four for a few weeks, which would supposedly be long enough for any nuclear radiation above ground to clear. At the time, Kaufman reportedly offered to build fallout shelters for the entire block, but his neighbors passed up the opportunity.
Otcasek says he does not plan to make any changes to the shelter: “I’ll leave it for the next people. It should last forever.”