Underground Fire Smolders Near Radioactive Waste; Community Concerned

"A St. Louis-area community is on edge as a 5-year-old fire burning underneath a landfill threatens to interact with nearby nuclear waste, with potentially deadly consequences.

Residents in Bridgeton, Missouri, met in a packed church Thursday to discuss a solution to the growing problem that has county and school officials talking emergency evacuation plans, according to Fox 2 Now.

The underground Bridgeton Landfill fire -- which in itself is not an unusual occurrence -- is just a quarter-mile away from 8,700 tons of buried barium sulfate at West Lake Landfill, the Los Angeles Times reported. The waste came from the government's Manhattan Project, which created the nuclear weapons that helped end WWII."

Sebastian Murdock reports for the Huffington Post October 20, 2015.

Source: Huffington Post, 10/21/2015