Eerie Cold War shelter uncovered under Brooklyn Bridge

Posted on March 22, 2006 

Eerie Cold War shelter uncovered under Brooklyn Bridge

A routine structural inspection of New York’s landmark Brooklyn Bridge has unearthed a forgotten Cold War-era stockpile of survival rations to be used in the event of a nuclear attack.

The cache of water drums, medical supplies, paper blankets, drugs and several hundred thousand calorie-packed crackers was found inside a vault in the bridge’s masonry foundations, the New York Times said Tuesday.

The find, made last Wednesday, is especially significant because many of the supplies were packaged in boxes stamped with two evocative years in Cold War history: 1957, which saw the launch of the Soviet Sputnik satellite, and 1962, when the Cuban missile crisis brought the world to the brink of nuclear war.

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