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Fully Stocked Fallout Shelter Found in Woodland Hills, CA

Image Credit: Mae Ryan/KPCC

Image Credit: Mae Ryan/KPCC

Homeowners may decide to add some strange features to their home, and these can remain hidden for years until a new owner of the home decides to perform some renovations or plan a landscaping project. In Woodland Hills, California, Chris and Colleen Otcasek found a hidden gem in their home with a fallout shelter tucked away in the backyard. You never know what you may find in your own home when you decide to renovate, and there just might be a fallout shelter ready for any disaster. Read on to see what the Otcaseks found in their unique home addition in the Valley.

What exactly is a fallout shelter?

During the Cold War era, fear of nuclear war was not uncommon. In fact, a number of homeowners decided to make preparations with fallout shelters intended to protect them from radiation that would prove deadly in the weeks following a nuclear blast. A fallout shelter is not designed to sustain the impact of a blast itself, but the hope is that the shelter would offer protection.

What was inside?

The Otcaseks’ fallout shelter is a unique time capsule that showcases the paranoid era of the early 60s. It is filled with an array of decades old tissues, canned food, sleeping bags, magazines, medications, and water treatment tabs. This shelter is particularly unique, since the few that have been discovered in other residential areas have been converted as storage space or rec rooms. This shelter will remain in place as is, however, since the current homeowners want to preserve its legacy and retain a solemn reminder of a different time.

How was it discovered?

Upon purchasing their Woodland Hills home, the Otcaseks were actually aware that a fallout shelter was in the backyard, but they were not allowed inside until the purchase was finalized for liability reasons. After they finally discovered the contents of the shelter, they were happy to share this slice of history with local journalists.

 
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