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Maniac posted a topic in Underground ExploresLike everyone else I've held off posting this, but as things are at the moment I thought I may as well stick up my photos from here. I really enjoyed visiting this place, so much so these photos are taken over about 3 or 4 visits to the place over late 2012/early 2013. RAF Fauld was a massive underground munitions depot in Staffordshire. At 11:11am on Monday 27 November 1944 an explosion destroyed a large part of site and resulted in the deaths of 75 people. Despite this, a large part of this site was in use up until the early 1970's The magnitude of the RAF Fauld explosion should not be underestimated, between 3,500 and 4,000 tonnes of ordnance exploded - that's a lot! It is widely thought to be the largest explosion caused by conventional weapons the world has ever seen. I first became aware of this place a number of years ago, but I had never really had the chance to have a proper look at getting inside, Staffordshire is quite far away from Kent. We got spurred on when in late 2012 a set of photos appeared on a blog so we knew it was possible and had to go have a look for ourselves. After a bit of googlemap research and a "it's most likely here" map point plotted we went for a walk and found our way inside amazingly. We obviously weren't the first, but we did leave the entrance exactly like we found it; shame the same can't be said for others who came after us as by our 4th visit quite a number of months later things were somewhat more obvious. Anyway, on with the photos. Sorry about the 2013 watermark, these have been sitting in a private album on my photobucket a while. Thanks for looking, Maniac.
skeleton key posted a topic in Underground ExploresA few pics only im afraid. The Place is huge with lots of unstable areas and last battery was on its way out after a weekend of locations above and below ground. The RAF Fauld explosion was a military accident which occurred at 11:11am on Monday, 27 November 1944 at the RAF Fauld underground munitions storage depot. It was one of the largest non-nuclear explosions in history and the largest to occur on UK soil. Between 3,500 and 4,000 tonnes of ordnance exploded — mostly comprising high explosive (HE)-filled bombs, but including a variety of other types of weapons and including 500 million rounds of rifle ammunition. The resulting crater was 400 feet (120 m) deep and a mile across (1,200 m) and is still clearly visible just south of the village of Fauld, to the east of Hanbury in Staffordshire, England. It is now known as the Hanbury Crater. A nearby reservoir containing 450,000 cubic metres of water was obliterated in the incident. Thats it im afraid