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Infiltration Forums > US: Mid-Atlantic > Anyone Know What This Building Could Be? (Caution: Radiation)(Viewed 790 times)
volkmared location:
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Anyone Know What This Building Could Be? (Caution: Radiation)
< on 4/20/2019 10:45 PM >
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Hi friends! We recently found this building near Oak Ridge, Tennessee (where the Manhattan Project was). There were warnings everywhere that the site had buried radioactive material and there was this door (pictured below) that housed something that was radioactive. Being from Oak Ridge (kind of) I'm pretty sure this place had something to do with either the Manhattan Project or Y-12. I'm not sure though, and I was wondering if anyone could help me figure out what it is/was? Thank you for reading/checking out the pics!

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Re: Anyone Know What This Building Could Be? (Caution: Radiation)
<Reply # 1 on 4/20/2019 11:26 PM >
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Maybe listed as a superfund site.
Goggle the address.



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Re: Anyone Know What This Building Could Be? (Caution: Radiation)
<Reply # 2 on 4/21/2019 1:44 AM >
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That site is really cool! love the way the skylights make it look like there's electricity on. Would be really interesting to take a Geiger meter out there and see how radioactive the area is.



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Re: Anyone Know What This Building Could Be? (Caution: Radiation)
<Reply # 3 on 4/21/2019 1:53 AM >
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The sign said state property so I'd doubt it was anything special. I've seen federal property signs on privately owned property that was previously owned by the government. People are just lazy and I guess it works better than a regular sign. If there was a real danger then they would have it secured better.

Edit: Cool pictures! You always find some cool places.

Edit 2: The superfund thing is smart. Or at least see who owns it. It's location could also tell you a lot, like how near or far it was from the actual project site. Also, after a quick map search it looked like they're tearing stuff down there. Anything left abandoned?


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Re: Anyone Know What This Building Could Be? (Caution: Radiation)
<Reply # 4 on 4/21/2019 2:27 AM >
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It's not unknown for the DOE to abandoned radioactive contaminated materials on site.
Usually encased and buried.
There are state lands open to the public that have these entombed in the ground below.
These have warning markers not to dig.
Some clean ups weren't so thorough even at federal sites and some are ongoing.

That door... it looks well sealed.
This true? So... what's behind the door?
I noticed the ceiling is made of prefab concrete, strong and durable.

During the 50's and 60's there were many smaller subcontractors that did work for the DOE.
It may have been a small lab or pilot plant... maybe not well documented or even "lost".

https://en.m.wikip...sites_in_Tennessee

https://www.energy...sion/cleanup-sites



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Re: Anyone Know What This Building Could Be? (Caution: Radiation)
<Reply # 5 on 4/21/2019 3:59 AM >
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these pics are SO CLEAR. well done. love the set and the brightness and lack of noise on these pics....what camera?



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volkmared location:
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Re: Anyone Know What This Building Could Be? (Caution: Radiation)
<Reply # 6 on 4/21/2019 5:21 AM >
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Posted by blackhawk
Maybe listed as a superfund site.
Goggle the address.


I've started to look up Superfund sites, apparently, there are hundreds around the Oak Ridge area. I can probably ask someone who works at the labs and see if they know anything!



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volkmared location:
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Re: Anyone Know What This Building Could Be? (Caution: Radiation)
<Reply # 7 on 4/21/2019 5:23 AM >
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Posted by rt2096
That site is really cool! love the way the skylights make it look like there's electricity on. Would be really interesting to take a Geiger meter out there and see how radioactive the area is.


It was such a surprise to see all those skylights. Some of them had the long plants growing down-it was beautiful!
We talked about taking a Geiger meter out there, maybe we'll get to it this coming up weekend!



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volkmared location:
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Re: Anyone Know What This Building Could Be? (Caution: Radiation)
<Reply # 8 on 4/21/2019 5:25 AM >
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Posted by ryanpics
The sign said state property so I'd doubt it was anything special. I've seen federal property signs on privately owned property that was previously owned by the government. People are just lazy and I guess it works better than a regular sign. If there was a real danger then they would have it secured better.

Edit: Cool pictures! You always find some cool places.

Edit 2: The superfund thing is smart. Or at least see who owns it. It's location could also tell you a lot, like how near or far it was from the actual project site. Also, after a quick map search it looked like they're tearing stuff down there. Anything left abandoned?


Yeah, there was a large barbed wire fence around the whole thing, but really it wasn't super secure. I'd love to take a Geiger meter out there, though and try to get into that room in the back. It's not being torn down, though, it's all left up!
And thank you so much! I thought it was a surprisingly nice place for pictures.




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volkmared location:
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Re: Anyone Know What This Building Could Be? (Caution: Radiation)
<Reply # 9 on 4/21/2019 5:27 AM >
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Posted by TacitBlue83
these pics are SO CLEAR. well done. love the set and the brightness and lack of noise on these pics....what camera?


Thank you SO much! That really means a lot, I definitely have been trying to up my photography game.
I took these on an iPhone 8 camera, actually. I didn't plan on going here that day originally, so I didn't have a better camera with me.



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Re: Anyone Know What This Building Could Be? (Caution: Radiation)
<Reply # 10 on 4/21/2019 1:06 PM >
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Posted by volkmared


Thank you SO much! That really means a lot, I definitely have been trying to up my photography game.
I took these on an iPhone 8 camera, actually. I didn't plan on going here that day originally, so I didn't have a better camera with me.



noice! ipotato's can be good! 2&8 are my favs.

you have also inspired me to find my old broken link pics and re-upload some urbex sets i never added on here.

keep this kind of work up and you will get full membership too...I have no doubt.



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Re: Anyone Know What This Building Could Be? (Caution: Radiation)
<Reply # 11 on 4/21/2019 1:20 PM >
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You sure find some interesting places, great work! I need to travel west on an exploring trip soon...
I like the reflections in the pools of water, and the lighting; and of course the door! I gotta wonder what's on the other side too.
Thanks for sharing, great to see another set of pics from you! 😃



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Re: Anyone Know What This Building Could Be? (Caution: Radiation)
<Reply # 12 on 4/21/2019 2:49 PM >
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Posted by volkmared


I've started to look up Superfund sites, apparently, there are hundreds around the Oak Ridge area. I can probably ask someone who works at the labs and see if they know anything!


Ask or show too many and you may get it sealed or leveled if it was anything interesting.
oops...



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Re: Anyone Know What This Building Could Be? (Caution: Radiation)
<Reply # 13 on 4/21/2019 3:36 PM >
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You confident that you didn't radiate through your ovaries this past weekend?



Haha, just kidding. Cool photos.





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Re: Anyone Know What This Building Could Be? (Caution: Radiation)
<Reply # 14 on 4/21/2019 7:00 PM >
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Oh wow, this is badass. Was the little window in That Door boarded up on the other side, or could you peek through? Keep us posted if you find out more!



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Re: Anyone Know What This Building Could Be? (Caution: Radiation)
<Reply # 15 on 4/22/2019 4:08 AM >
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Posted by becckeez
You confident that you didn't radiate through your ovaries this past weekend?



Haha, just kidding. Cool photos.




LOL I hope not



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volkmared location:
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Re: Anyone Know What This Building Could Be? (Caution: Radiation)
<Reply # 16 on 4/22/2019 4:11 AM >
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Posted by corvidcache
Oh wow, this is badass. Was the little window in That Door boarded up on the other side, or could you peek through? Keep us posted if you find out more!


The window to the red door was busted out, so we could see inside barely. Here's a blurry/awful picture of it 1.






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Re: Anyone Know What This Building Could Be? (Caution: Radiation)
<Reply # 17 on 4/25/2019 4:19 AM >
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Posted by volkmared


The window to the red door was busted out, so we could see inside barely. Here's a blurry/awful picture of it :) 1.
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So the burning question now is... what's behind the yellow door?
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