The Story of an Abandoned Nuclear Lighthouse near St.Petersburg

The Story of an Abandoned Nuclear Lighthouse near St.Petersburg

From first sight this abandoned lighthouse doesn’t attract much attention. What, haven’t we’ve seen some abandoned lighthouses? There are plenty of abandoned stuff in exUSSR. However this one is very special. It has a very dramatic story behind it.

The Story of an Abandoned Nuclear Lighthouse near St.Petersburg

So according to the legend, in year 2003 a few of Russian looters has opened the doors of this lighhouse. There they found something reminding a huge bank safe. They were happy to try open it and finally broke in. However this was not a bank safe, but a nuclear reactor compartment which contained Strontium-90 nuclear capsule. The looters took this capsule and instantly died. The capsule itself went thru their hands and then thru the concrete floor into the ground.

The Story of an Abandoned Nuclear Lighthouse near St.Petersburg

A few days later local people found the bodies of the thieves and called the police. When they arrived the radiation level around was extremely high. So they called special forces and scientists.

The Story of an Abandoned Nuclear Lighthouse near St.Petersburg

Scientists have extracted the capsule from the ground, together with a few cubic meters of soil, loaded onto special trucks and was brought to special nuclear wasteland where it was buried.

The Story of an Abandoned Nuclear Lighthouse near St.Petersburg

The local village was also evacuated.
Probably most part of this legend is exaggerated however not all.
For example this opened doors structure really had stored a radio-isotope thermo-nuclear-electrical generator.

The Story of an Abandoned Nuclear Lighthouse near St.Petersburg

Local people the photographer met were telling him that this place is still radioactively polluted. He says he also with his own eyes saw old pieces of hazmat or radioactive material protection suits pieces on the ground near the lighthouse.

The Story of an Abandoned Nuclear Lighthouse near St.Petersburg

Most of locals try to avoid this place now and don’t approach it at all without any urgent reason. Photographer has climbed it nevertheless no matter of locals fears.

The Story of an Abandoned Nuclear Lighthouse near St.Petersburg

That’s the view.

The Story of an Abandoned Nuclear Lighthouse near St.Petersburg

And that was the story of this lighthouse.

The video about the journey to this place made by Russian bloggers from Saint-Petersburg on their You-Tube channel:
https://youtu.be/Vz07lw8L49o

5 thoughts on “The Story of an Abandoned Nuclear Lighthouse near St.Petersburg”

  1. OMG, the radioisotope heat generator (aka RTG) is not a nuclear reactor, its just a piece of very radioactive material in a capsule. The decay of this material heats up the simple thermoelectric devise around the capsule, providing electrical output. It’s power is rather small, but lasts for years.

  2. Original photos were published:
    http://m.fishki.net/2347215-zabroshennyj-radioaktivny..

    https://m.pikabu.ru/story/zabroshennyiy_radioaktivnyi..

    https://m.vk.com/dorless

    The video about this place with English subtitles is possible to watch
    https://youtu.be/Vz07lw8L49o

  3. The video about this place with English subtitles is possible to watch
    https://youtu.be/Vz07lw8L49o

    The photos are stolen!

  4. Great Information, This is really useful to all of us. please keep it up. Thanks for the sharing this valuable information.

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