The locals have dubbed the place the “Door to Hell” as this giant, gaping hole in the ground has been on fire for more than 35 years in a row. It seems the sight was surveyed by geologists who found the underground cavern and determined that it was filled with natural gas. For some reason, they got the bright idea of lighting the gas on fire to burn off the excess fumes before they could enter the cavern. All these years later, it’s still burning.
The article links to a very impressive gallery of photos from the place. I have to admit, it does look very eerie. Especially at night. It seems like a pretty cool place to go visit though. Just be sure to avoid it on Halloween.
Edit: More photos can be found here, including some day time shots.
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