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posted :: 01-July-2001

S T A T S
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C R E D I T S
MUSIC:
Make your own.
DANGEROUS LINKS:
You're not supposed to be here.

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* "Just a bunch of yahoos with a couple of gallons of gas." -Anonymous audio clip from the 1994 Burning Man video...
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You are invited... [BIGGER]

[AMERICAN HEARTLAND] :: FIRE IN THE HOLE The Titan was a 110-foot long monster, weighing 170 tons fueled and ready to fly. It was created with the best technology available in 1961. It was the largest intercontinental ballistic missile in the American arsenal and it was designed to place a nuclear warhead in the middle of any city in Russia. The missiles were housed in massive, concrete bunkers buried across the middle of America… giant underground silos with blast shield covers that could survive a 'first strike' and then deliver a devastating counter attack. Each silo housed 3 Titan missiles and enough liquid fuel to reach anywhere on the planet. The system was like a fiendish Jack in the Box that could pop-up and kill whoever turned the handle. Never mind that the wife and kids at home had just been vaporized, we could still blow 'em away. The arms race had reached a point known as M.A.D…. Mutual Assured Destruction. Manned 24 hours a day for the next 5 years, the entire system became obsolete almost overnight when technology reached the point where we could launch ours before theirs hit the ground. No reason to hide. After that it was just a numbers game. Then, sometime in the 70's, it began to dawn on everyone that we had passed the point where any launch would destroy all life on the planet.

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Danger at Launch One. [BIGGER]

This legacy of the Cold War is now finding new uses. Wanna play? How about a night with beer and fire inside an enclosed and dangerous environment. We went in just after midnight.

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Communications Disconnect. [BIGGER]
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Blast Door.
[BIGGER]

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Decon 3.
[BIGGER]
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Chamber Music.
[BIGGER]
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Past Reflection.
[BIGGER]

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Fire Down Below.
[BIGGER]

Exploring the various chambers and interconnecting tunnels took several hours. We stepped carefully around yawing holes and moved cautiously in single-file on rusty catwalks. A rubber raft provided transport across small underground lakes. We played with fire in narrow tunnels and large concrete tombs. Incredible acoustics added depth to violin and voice, punctuated by the clang of massive metal doors and percussive drumming on huge tanks. It was a strange and eerie place. We could almost see them across time, sitting there at the control panels, staring at the screen, close-cropped hair, white shirt and tie. I wonder if they sometimes caught our ghostly image in the corner of an eye… "Joe, did you notice something funny down in B4?".

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Modern Primitive.
[BIGGER]
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Silo of the Lamb.
[BIGGER]

We got out just before sunrise. The grand finale was a well-calculated risk that involved 5 gallons of gasoline and left the air filled with the smell of singed hair. Firewalking is one thing, but Fireballing is several notches up on the scale. Kids, don't try this at home. We're professionals.

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Fire & ...something? [MAGNIFY 2X]
-Danger Ranger

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