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  1. Abandoned Fish Processing Plant was film on a very hot day (32c). It closed in 1989 due to lose of orders.
  2. History Owned and operated by Philadelphia Electric Company (now Exelon), the Port Richmond power generation station was built from 1919 to 1925. Designed by architect John T. Windrim and engineer W.C.L. Eglin, the coal-fired electrical generation plant was placed into service in 1925 and the station’s Neoclassical Revival design was used by the company to reflect permanence, stability, and responsibility. As designed, the station was to contain three distinct generating components; each component was to consist of a boiler house to produce steam, a turbine hall, and a switch gear building to control power distribution. At its peak, the Port Richmond station’s four huge steam turbines had a capacity of 600 megawatts. Explore This was the first mooch of a 3 week trip to the States. Philadelphia was a very interesting experience. Within 36 hours of arriving in Philly, I witnessed a racial gun incident, got pulled by the local law enforcement and saw a cop attacked with a firework. A week before I arrived the Eagles won their first Superbowl and the locals trashed the city in celebration. Interesting city, Philadelphia. Mooched around here with a guy from Montana and we enjoyed a few beers while walking around. Nice quiet explore, only interrupted when a scrappy followed us around briefly. I had been looking forward to this for months, and it was made better by the mist that had rolled in from the Delaware River. (1) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8) (9) (10) (11) (12) (13) (14) (15) ( (16) (17) (18) (19) (20) (21) (22) (23) (24) (25) Cheers for Looking
  3. Ok trip out with Critical Mass,Hanel Dante & Host to a partly demoed chemical plant After a while trudging through mud and reeds we had a small climb to make then on site ,a pretty relaxed explore but this site has its obstacles.....on with the pics 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. Short but sweet ,its been along day cheers for looking Oldskool
  4. Ok lets go back 12 months when myself cuban bloodhound host and skin did this explore ....i posted the report in public on a urbex forum which the press some how got hold off so i deleted everything form forums,flickr and facebook .....now after seeing this ive decided to repost along with all press releases..... I power station is an oil-fired power station and dominates the local area with its 778 ft (237 m) chimney, the third tallest chimney in the UK and S's tallest free-standing structure. In common with other power stations in S it lacks cooling towers; instead, sea water is used as a coolant. The station consists of three generating units with a combined total rating of 1900 megawatts (MW). 1. 2. 3. History Construction began in 1970 for the then South of S Electricity Board (SSEB) in 1970. It was to be S's first oil-fired power station. However, the soaring price of oil as a result of the 1973 oil crisis meant that by the time construction was completed generation was uneconomical. It was therefore rarely utilised to anything near capacity, with 1200 MW being mothballed and the remaining capacity being used to satisfy peak demand. A notable example of when it was used at capacity was during the miners' strike of 1984-85, when low coal supplies prompted operation. Generation ceased in January 1988. 4. 5. 6. 7. In construction, provision was made on site for a fourth generating unit (to the north of the existing units), including a fourth stack inside the chimney. One design feature of the power station is the lack of steam driven boiler feed pumps, with units 1 and 2 being provided with three 50% electric boiler feed pumps and unit 3 with two 50% electric feed pumps. The main turbo-generator was manufactured by Parsons, and many of the major components were interchangeable with the turbo-generators at Hunterston B around 13 miles (21 km) south, on the Firth of Clyde, also then owned by the South of S Electricity Board. 8. 9. 10. I power station was owned by the S Power utility group and had been mothballed as part of the strategic reserve. The station was decommissioned in 2006. Until then it could have been fired up at any point to supply power for the national grid. The power station's equipment was intact and continually operating dehumidifiers were used to keep it in good condition while the facility was mothballed. 11. 12. 13. The site is to be cleared for housing and small business development following demolitiion of the power station in mid- to late-2010. Preparatory demolition work started in April 2010. Large amounts of equipment were removed to be used as spares at other power stations, including switchgear, turbine rotors, and control equipment. Electrical oil and other chemicals have been drained to make the site safe. Demolition began in June 2010 with the removal of one of the three large oil tanks. November 2010 all three large oil tanks have now been removed from the site..... 14. 15. 16. A big thanks to Cuban Bloodhound and Skin for a wicked weekend in Scotland ... After an earlier explore we found our selfs on the beach near kip just waiting for sunset drinking beer ,Host decided to go to the car to try and get his head down for a few hours , me and Cuban had other ideas (of to the pub) emmmm....well after 5 pints and a vodka shot we were done ,i cant remember much after that it was all a blare hahahahahaha.....after staggering around for what seemed an age i heard a click and behold button amd switch industrial pornage ........ This next shot was the first one i did its out of focus because of the beer effects lol.....picture fail 17. 18. 19. NOW the reason i deleted the report and all photos last time ....... 20. 21. 22. Thanks for looking Oldskool..........i dubstep filmed by Millhouse staring Hidden Shadow , Fishbrain , Tweek , Nick uk and Gone85.........SNC CREW
  5. The garbage incineration plant was a multi-million euro project which turned out to be a giant failure after several problems occured including toxic gas leak. This is why the plant was shut down shortly after its opening (few weeks later). In general the project was highly controversial among the local population. The plant is closed for almost 20 years now. Its future is still uncertain. Inside a real maze of corridors and rooms are awaiting you. The echoes of our footsteps were simply haunting. Cooing pigeons which are living inside the builidng add to the eerie atmosphere.
  6. A large complex with several buildings. Partly the middle of demolition, so that workers prevented the exploration of the remaining area. 1 2 3 4 5
  7. One more little surprise post from America! I was going to include this in my miscellaneous round-up thread but I liked the photos too much to shove in there amongst others. I first visited this place near as makes no difference a year ago to the day I visited it this time through a weird coincidence, and during that year it appeared that almost nothing has changed inside other than a litle bit more graffiti. I covered the site in greater detail last year so this time I broke out my 30mm Sigma prime lens for some arty goodness. This power plant was at one point part of a large carpet mill, and has been left abandoned for many years. In the early 2000s the chimney was demolished and the remains of the base can still be seen inside. The decay, the colours and the lighting in here are amazing, ridiculously photogenic. It is one of my favourite locations in the whole world to shoot in and I just wish it wasn't so far away. Thanks for looking, and this really is the end of my American posts...for now.
  8. How good it feels to be exploring on home turf again (or not... )After being thwarted by a thoroughly sealed first target, finding the next one with too many fishermen and joggers milling around and then realising our third location had been demolished at some point in the 5 months since I failed at it things were not looking good for my homecoming explore day. Luckily patience won out and me and Landie Man were rewarded with a gem of an industrial site. From the outside it doesn't look like much but on the inside there is some really impressive pieces of machinery and things to see, and it's all caked in grime and dust and filth just how I like it. The incinerator in Sileby operated from the 1970s up until the 1990s when it became a council recycling/refuse centre before closing around the year 2000. Some areas look as if they were simply switched off and never cleared up with a conveyor belt full of dust-covered fifteen year old cans sitting in one of the areas. It definitely made up for the disappointments of the rest of the day. The only downside was the lighting in here is horrendous. Thanks for looking, more here https://www.flickr.com/photos/mookie427/albums/72157657648542924
  9. THE HISTORY Croda was originally owned by Price's Patent Candle Company. In 1853, Palm oil was brought into Liverpool and so the company needed a site to use the palm oil closer to Liverpool than taking it to London by boat. The company build what is now Bromborough Pool village and opened a new factory in Bromborough. The factory opened in 1855 and the company went from having 84 staff in 1840 to a remarkable 2300. Borrowed from Lavino hope you dont mind m8ty. The explore Visited here with Acid- Reflux. Really liked the look of this wanted to climb those towers lol. Anyway was one hell of a fun explore. Has we got there acid suddenly stopped and said someone is riding a bike round the outside of building looking in like secca etc. Very clever has a lot quieter than a quad. Anyways once he had done one in we went but that wasn't the end of close calls and surprises lol. After a nice walk round we split up temporally taking some shots. When from out of no where this dude walked right past a door where i was stood big bald dude looked like someone you wouldn't wanna meet lol. He didn't see me so i slowly made my way back to acid told him and waited a little. Anyway decided to make our way to another building the clock tower was our next port of call. Just has we went round the corner this lad came the other way How the fook he didn't see us i have no idea. Anyway me and acid then hid like a couple of prats in a fairly cramp shower after stepping across some minions heads that made more fooking noise than pigeons lol. After 15 mins or so acid then decided to say WTF are we doing lol. And out we went straight into clock tower building. Now this was pretty cool. While we where in there one floor above us there was a shit ton of noise. Talking banging etc. When we got to stairs we stood for a bit then decided fook it up we went. Now no ghost shit but FFS it was empty no fooker there 15 mins of noise and now empty no way down past us NOTHING. So if that was you doing one hell of a magic trick fair play. We couldn't get to the clock but from what Ive heard its modern now so not really much to see. Anyway did the rest towers etc. And then right near the end i heard acid say hello and in walked this big bald dude Shit busted. So you would think but oh no all this time playing hide and seek and he was there doing something metal who knows cause he says " Are you meant to be in here " In which Acid replies in his charming manner " No Are You" The guy then says " No " Acid then says " Good " LMFAO. All this fooking time hide and fooking seek and they where not even secca DUH. Anyways was a bloody fun explore now on with thee pics. PICS WooHoo Kitchens lol love me a kitchen. Snakes and ladders or that snake game from nokia days lol Very very funny considering the company lol. Photo opp lol My made phot opp lol I am a Dalek From the towers Waiting on tour bus home lol Thanks for looking. Sorry on pic heavy but with such a larger place and several buildings hard to cut down pics. Hope you like it.
  10. visited the croda chemical plant myself @woopashoopaa @telf @the Kwan and thanks to Kwan for giving us the tour of this huge site. Covered the whole site apart from the one with the clock tower and it did look rather good. We had heard that security patrolled the site on a motorbike we did here one but never saw one. But we did see the metal fairies who were so busy they ran past us in one room and didn't even see us lol. So here's some history and some of my photos... THE HISTORY Croda was originally owned by Price's Patent Candle Company. In 1853, Palm oil was brought into Liverpool and so the company needed a site to use the palm oil closer to Liverpool than taking it to London by boat. The company build what is now Bromborough Pool village and opened a new factory in Bromborough. The factory opened in 1855 and the company went from having 84 staff in 1840 to a remarkable 2300. In 1919 the company was taken over by Lever Brothers who used the site for soap production. There is no longer any evidence of either of these companies having used the site. In 1936 the Lever Brothers pulled out of candle production but continued to use the site until 1997 when ICI bought it off Unilever (Unichema on-site), formerly Lever Brothers/Margarine Union. Since then it has been known as Croda International and continued production of fatty acids and glycerol until late 2009 when the site ceased production. The site is still very much live, but is in the process of being decommissioned and demolished, which has resulted in the loss of 115 jobs mainly held by people living in Bromborough Pool village. [
  11. “This one will be something different than you might except†We found this location from the road. Tall chimney looming from the distance. In an area where only fields could be seen such structure makes you wonder what it really is. Since I was the driver I made a short decision. We have to check it out even if we had some plans already. Driving through wheat fields we reached some kind of industrial complex. We could notice that now most of the building were in use by some small companies that were using old production halls. Later searching the web I discovered that all those structures were once occupied by a flax processing plant / linen factory. Passing by all those adapted buildings we reached our destination – that tall chimney. It was located just in the center of the industrial complex. From outside it looked like an power plant/boiler. Later it turned out it served exactly this type of function. Building made out of red brick. Same with the chimney. Built by the Germans (during WWII) in 1942. Once it used to serve as power/heat source for all production halls. Since the factory has been liquidated and all production halls are now used by small companies the factory complex is open (I could park my car just next to the building). The power/heat is not needed anymore and from outside it looked that the power plant is shut off. We had a bit of difficulties to get in. Big steel door locked tight from any direction. Finally we found one sliding door which base could be moved and we were able to enter crawling on our bellies. First we entered the basement (not really interesting, lot of dust, dark space under the big hall in which there were furnaces). Finally we found the stairs and we entered the main hall of the power plant. The main instruments generating power had to be decommissioned/sold/removed. There was just the space, smell of motor oil. We found a small control room, engineer quarters. The inside of the building was interesting from the architectural point of view. There was also the hum of a transformer. One door was closed and we could guess that the power had to be switched here somehow – coming from some more modern power plant. Here the story could end and in general I wouldn’t even bother to share those picture I made back then here. But … there is another end to the story. We re-visited that place after one month. It turned out that 20 days later after our first visit someone started a fire in that place. Since there was still a lot of metal that could be salvaged someone tried to use some kind of torch. There was still a lot of the oil in the basement of the building. It lit up like a match. In the end 26 fire fighter units had to come to put the fire down. And so … this is what is left. If you have been in an abandoned structure you might know how it looks … have you revisited a structure after a massive fire ? Unfortunately a massive storm was coming when we revisited this place and I was unable to get exactly same angles of the shots .. but it will give you an idea anyway. The main hall – it used to host electric generators and after the fire On the right from the main hall there was a door. Behind it a stairs leading towards the engineer quarters And after it burned down An electric switchboard with all the gauges and controllers still feeding the power from the transformer and after the fire There was a small engineer room included in the main hall After the fire there is not much left from it The main from another angle looked like this. Door on the right open to another Hall in which there used to be furnaces but after the fire … its something totally different A big valve was still there before the fire but now and … of course … now there is no roof. Soon there will be trees growing here It seems we were the last people to immortalize this structure before the fire. Sad part it could be adapted somehow. Now … it will just decay. If you want to be more up to date with my finds or you want to see more photos (I dont share them all here for obvious reasons) visit my flickr or fb page.
  12. The Laundry Plant was built in the early 19th century. It belonged to a Lung Sanatorium. Since the closing in the 1990s, the area is decaying rapidly. And my favourite shot from there: A GoPro clip will follow soon...
  13. Sometimes the best things do come in small packages, such is the case here... Nestled on the banks of a river deep in rural 'old town America' in a historic town straight out of the early 1800s sits a proper little gem. This small power plant was constructed in 1899 originally as part of an adjacent wood pulping mill but then as a standalone power generating station after the wood mill caught fire in 1925. From reading the notes about the place it houses a complete, intact circa-1905 water turbine which looks more like a UFO from a 1950s sci-fi comic and a water turbine governor from 1925. It produced electricity until the plant was shutdown in 1991 and it has been left to itself, quietly rusting away on the bank of the river. Visited during a snowstorm, the final middle finger of winter after a few lovely spring-like days this is the best one room explore I've ever done. It was so nice to see something so old almost totally unmolested, apart from a small fire in an office to the rear. I only crack out my 30mm on special occasions and this was a place that warranted it's attention. Whilst in one of the tank-like spaces underneath the plant trying to get a half decent photo of the above equipment a work truck rolled past on the road adjacent to the plant between us and the railway tracks, we took that as our cue to leave as we didn't want any hassle, so we left in search of lunch. More here https://www.flickr.com/photos/mookie427/sets/72157649267926013/
  14. The factory consists of a paper mill, a power plant and a boiler house. The oldest buildings date from the 19th century. The factory was finaly closed in the mid 90s. Last weekend I was there again with The_Raw, extreme_ironing and MiaroDigital. The state has unfortunately continued to deteriorate due to vandalism. In the control room, the phone was destroyed and an idiot distributed lubricating oil on the floor of the machine hall. In addition, from the small laboratory also disappeared different things. The following pics are a mix from my 4th and 5th re-visit in June 2014 (marked with *) and March 2015. So don't be surprised because the things described above on the photos are still intact / exist. 1* 2* 3 4 5* 6* 7* 8 9* 10* 11* 12 13 14 15 16 (To this perspective, I was inspired by a picture of Kalum_a.) 17* 18* 19* 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30
  15. An industrial "oldie but goldie". In 1913 started the construction of the power plant. Mid-19th century coal, oil and natural gas supplied energy for the area. After closure of a part of the power plant was used as a museum. 2010, the museum was closed and the power station was unfortunately demolished in 2012. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22
  16. Some old stuff from 2010 - a pressing plant somewhere in Germany 1 2 3 4 5 6 A few more here: www.industriesafari.de
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  18. Ahhhhh that's more like it, back to the sneaky sneaky proper non permission visits Late September brought around what was planned as an absolutely mental weekend of explores, which turned out to be a lot easier said than done as neither me nor my American contact factored in the 'awake for 60 hours' part...First stop was a meet-up in a small city in upstate New York, which was once the American home of Carpet weaving/manufacturing. Same old story, once all the mills shut down and the jobs moved abroad, all the money dried up and the city has never recovered. Most of the downtown area is full of empty shops and many many homes are vacant. As it turned out, when we arrived neither of us knew about the epic steep hill that needed to be climbed to get into the actual city as the Amtrak station was right at the bottom of the hill! And in 25+ degrees heat, carrying my life in a large purple bag on my back and my smaller rucksack with cameras etc, and a tripod, it became a real endurance test for me over the three days we travelled around. As is always the case we chose the most ridiculously difficult way into the place and found a hilariously easy way out the other side, but ever since I found this place and put it on my map I had wanted to see it, it's always good doing a power plant but to do one not even the majority of American explorers know about is even better - especially when it comes complete with a pair of late 19th-century turbines. The main mill building is long gone and the smoke stack was brought down in 2006 but the long-vacant power plant remains sat there slowly rusting away, encased by undergrowth. Thanks for looking, more here https://www.flickr.com/photos/mookie427/sets/72157648659792079/
  19. Even though this has been done countless times before, I needed to pay a visit myself so off I popped on Sunday, despite the gloomy weather. Here's a bit of the history of the place: Founded by Edward Packard in 1843, ‘Edward Packard & Co. Limited’ was a multi-national company specialising in scientific instruments, pharmaceutical and horticultural chemicals and was originally based in Ipswich, Suffolk. Twenty years later his son, who’s name was also Edward, joined forces with him helping to develop the UK’s fertiliser industry. In 1919, the company purchased a fertiliser business founded in 1808 by James Fison of Thetford and by 1929 the name changed to ‘Packard & James Fison (Thetford) Ltd’. Despite having been well established for many years with a no doubt enviable production history, the company finally stopped trading under this name in 1982 when all fertiliser operations were sold to Norsk Hydro. The factory in Stanford Le Hope, Essex began manufacturing ammonium nitrate in 1959 and was used in Fisons Compound Fertilisers, a household brand here in the UK. It continued production until the mid 1990’s and has been unoccupied since. There is still plenty of the original machinery and control circuit banks in the building but the basement level is flooded making it pretty inaccessible. Again, apologies for the ‘mono-overload’ in the pictures but personally, I think it adds to the mood of the visit and the subject matter. Each to their own and all that! Sorry for the amount of images but there's plenty of good subjects at this site... much like other derelict sites and I find it difficult being selective so like to include as many as possible. Thanks for looking and feel free to comment/criticise etc...!
  20. After scouting the area for a while and seeing the secca on foot patrolling the perimeter, we decided to head around to another part of pyestock to have a look around. After finding an entrance point we found ourselves at the water processing plant, which is cut of away from the main site. After taking photo's there for around an hour we heard the gate open in drove the secca on his patrol, however within 10-15 minutes he left, so we carried on. Although most of pye is now gone, its still nice to see certain parts which are still standing.. R.I.P PYESTOCK
  21. An old hydroelectric power plant Hidden in the trees, a few dozen to a long path in the woods, I could never find this plant without the help of an old man who protect a nearby castle … The use of this plant is unknown, I thought to supply military camp during World War II, but the facilities are dated to the late 50s. It can be used for a nearby farm, or a missing from the factory. Protected by its location, it has suffered little damage, except the windows stolen, and flooding due to clogged water retention When I got there, disappointment, I see the dam, but do not see how this will produce electricity! Dirt has replaced water, doors gave way under the pressure, I cross to find the stairs leading down under restraint to discover what I wanted. [1] Flywheel and regulator. [2] FLywheel and generator. [3] [4] Alternator details [5] Regulator http://rossifumi46.fr/2013/08/centrale-hydro-electrique-sfu/?lang=fr
  22. Part one of my mad two day dash to Belgium. The most frustrating urbex trip I've ever had, weekday exploring is so much more hit and miss than weekend trips especially when there were markets going on in front of not one but two different locations we wanted to do! Add to that general other fails including the most gutting fail I've ever had - getting chucked out of Villa Heil in around 30 seconds - it was quite disheartening at times but we managed six sites over the two days so it wasn't all doom and gloom! This, I was told, was the power plant feeding a much larger factory nearby however, as will be revealed soon, I believe this was a totally standalone plant just in close proximity to the other large factory. After a few very uncomfortable hours trying to get some sleep in a car full of four other blokes, the night security van left and we were free to go about our business as people turned up for work in the offices next door. This place epitomises Belgian explorations for me, not exactly challenging to do and in pretty decent condition - albeit there were a rather worrying amount of turds (not animal ones...) scattered around the main little turbine hall. Anyway on with some photos. More here http://www.flickr.com/photos/mookie427/sets/72157638433694014/
  23. While infiltrating abandoned asylums, resorts or schools get’s my heart going, nothing works me up more than gaining entry into abandoned power stations. A step into history’s past when industrial strength (coming in part with the harnessing of electricity) and the need to properly and effectively supply much needed electricity to the burgeoning population of the east coast, facilities were needed to handle the need. While the architectural marvel that was Herobrine, both in it’s immensity and in it’s design, it was only surpassed by the technology that was happening inside of this building; packing the latest designs from Westinghouse (turbo generators), Babcock & Wilcox (stoker boilers). The last power station I visited, while immense in it’s own right was a fraction of the size of Herobrine and all of the boilers, turbines and generators were removed, Herobrine still had everything intact. So you can understand my pleasure when I first entered the massive and cavernous turbine hall and saw the machines for the first time, I was utterly floored. I was there for about 8hrs and I still hadn’t seen or photographed everything that Herobrine had to offer. Suffice it to say, another visit is very imminent. Industrial Facility H by AEBEX, on Flickr/code] [code] NeckFace by AEBEX, on Flickr/code] [code] Shell by AEBEX, on Flickr/code] [code] Pit by AEBEX, on Flickr/code] [code] Crom by AEBEX, on Flickr/code] [code] Snout by AEBEX, on Flickr/code] [code] Westinghouse by AEBEX, on Flickr/code]
  24. Another from my first big roadtrip, and the original main aim of the trip! After a few hours kip in my mates house we awoke to another dismal day, grey skies and persistant rain but we weren't to be put off, no, we had one thing in mind and it was a big one! I'd seen this place pop up about a year before this visit and as soon as I saw it it went to #1 on my 'to see' list and it's fair to say it didn't disappoint even though areas had been absolutely raped by pikeys. It was a frustrating location to get round as well as a lot of the warehouse areas had been breezeblocked up after they were emptied so some inventive climbing was required to get to the tasty bits - this had the added bonus of course of keeping all but the most determined idiots at bay. Sadly the weather meant the access route into the huge automated warehouse building was just too dangerous so we missed that which was a shame. The storage tank farm at one end of the site was removed a year or so ago and shipped off to a new life in Poland, I think the rest of the site is still there but I've not seen anything from it for a year or so now. This place satisifed the triple-P rating - Pure Pipe Porn! Thanks for looking more here http://www.flickr.com/photos/mookie427/sets/72157627743997699/
  25. Evening all, Obviously, I couldn't get closer than these photos, as you will be aware the reactors are derelict and work is ongoing to continue to house them in the new sarcophagus that is a constant exercise in ensuring that the fallout from this disaster is sealed so I thought I'd post a few photos of the reactors we are allowed to take photos of and some history of the firefighters. History The Chernobyl disaster is widely considered to have been the worst nuclear power plant accident in history, and is one of only two classified as a level 7 event on the International Nuclear Event Scale (the other being the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster in 2011). The battle to contain the contamination and avert a greater catastrophe ultimately involved over 500,000 workers and cost an estimated 18 billion rubles. #1 - Reactor 4 #2 - Reactor 4 on the way to the plant #3 - Reactors 5 & 6 The Firefighters An article on the 25 years + since the "liquidators" faced the fires of Chernobyl news.nationalgeographic.com/news/energy/2011/04/110426/ch... The Chernobyl disaster is widely considered to have been the worst nuclear power plant accident in history, and is one of only two classified as a level 7 event on the International Nuclear Event Scale (the other being the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster in 2011). The battle to contain the contamination and avert a greater catastrophe ultimately involved over 500,000 workers and cost an estimated 18 billion rubles. The official Soviet casualty count of 31 deaths has been disputed, and long-term effects such as cancers and deformities are still being accounted for. Shortly after the accident, firefighters arrived to try to extinguish the fires. First on the scene was a Chernobyl Power Station firefighter brigade under the command of Lieutenant Volodymyr Pravik, who died on 9 May 1986 of acute radiation sickness. They were not told how dangerously radioactive the smoke and the debris were, and may not even have known that the accident was anything more than a regular electrical fire: "We didn't know it was the reactor. No one had told us." Grigorii Khmel, the driver of one of the fire engines, later described what happened: We arrived there at 10 or 15 minutes to two in the morning... We saw graphite scattered about. Misha asked: "Is that graphite?" I kicked it away. But one of the fighters on the other truck picked it up. "It's hot," he said. The pieces of graphite were of different sizes, some big, some small, enough to pick them up... We didn't know much about radiation. Even those who worked there had no idea. There was no water left in the trucks. Misha filled a cistern and we aimed the water at the top. Then those boys who died went up to the roof – Vashchik, Kolya and others, and Volodya Pravik.... They went up the ladder ... and I never saw them again. However, Anatoli Zakharov, a fireman stationed in Chernobyl since 1980, offers a different description: I remember joking to the others, "There must be an incredible amount of radiation here. We'll be lucky if we're all still alive in the morning." Twenty years after the disaster, he said the firefighters from the Fire Station No. 2 were aware of the risks. Of course we knew! If we'd followed regulations, we would never have gone near the reactor. But it was a moral obligation – our duty. We were like kamikaze. The immediate priority was to extinguish fires on the roof of the station and the area around the building containing Reactor No. 4 to protect No. 3 and keep its core cooling systems intact. The fires were extinguished by 5:00, but many firefighters received high doses of radiation. The fire inside reactor 4 continued to burn until 10 May 1986; it is possible that well over half of the graphite burned out. The fire was extinguished by a combined effort of helicopters dropping over 5,000 metric tons of sand, lead, clay, and neutron absorbing boron onto the burning reactor and injection of liquid nitrogen. The Ukrainian filmmaker Vladimir Shevchenko captured film footage of an Mi-8 helicopter as its main rotor collided with a nearby construction crane cable, causing the helicopter to fall near the damaged reactor building and killing its four-man crew. It is now known that virtually none of the neutron absorbers reached the core. From eyewitness accounts of the firefighters involved before they died (as reported on the CBC television series Witness), one described his experience of the radiation as "tasting like metal," and feeling a sensation similar to that of pins and needles all over his face. (This is similar to the description given by Louis Slotin, a Manhattan Project physicist who died days after a fatal radiation overdose from a criticality accident.) The explosion and fire threw hot particles of the nuclear fuel and also far more dangerous fission products, radioactive isotopes such as caesium-137, iodine-131, strontium-90 and other radionuclides, into the air: the residents of the surrounding area observed the radioactive cloud on the night of the explosion. Timeline 1:26:03 – fire alarm activated 1:28 – arrival of local firefighters, Pravik's guard 1:35 – arrival of firefighters from Pripyat, Kibenok's guard 1:40 – arrival of Telyatnikov 2:10 – turbine hall roof fire extinguished 2:30 – main reactor hall roof fires suppressed 3:30 – arrival of Kiev firefighters 4:50 – fires mostly localized 6:35 – all fires extinguished With the exception of the fire contained inside Reactor 4, which continued to burn for many days In the city of Chernobyl there stands a simple memorial to the liquidators who rushed to reactor number four in the immediate aftermath of the explosion. The firefighters who initially responded to the disaster on the morning of April 26, 1986 were unaware that they were entering a radioactive environment, and rushed to the plant without donning protective suits and respirators. While they labored to extinguish the fires, their bodies absorbed lethal doses of radiation, and many of them later died of Acute Radiation Sickness. Overall, some 600,000 workers, including scientists, miners, and Soviet military conscripts, participated in the Chernobyl cleanup efforts. To this day, many of them continue to experience a variety of health problems stemming from their time spent in the zone. The plaque on the monument is inscribed “To those who saved the world.†#1 the Firefighters memorial #2 #3 Finally...the plant 25th anniversary memorial This memorial was made of the same substance that the sarcophagus is made out of, hence when putting the dosimeter near to it, the meter calmed right down. Nothing to worry though, it was quite a low reading and not dangerous to anyone before you ask #1 #2 #3 - robotic clean up vehicle As you can appreciate, its one hell of an experience to go there and see the place and what they are doing there constantly to stop the nuclear fall out entering the atmosphere. Thanks for looking in.