1. Centralia, PA
A trash fire gone seriously wrong led to this modern ghost town that’s still in flames northwest of Philadelphia. In 1962, a fire accidentally spread to the town's old, underground mines and created sinkholes that spewed smoke and toxic fumes across the community. In 1981, the entire town was evacuated, and by 1992 its real estate was claimed under eminent domain and condemned by the state (delivering the final blow, the ZIP code was officially recalled in 2002). Despite the fact that Centralia is still burning today — and expected to burn for another 250 years — six residents still live in the doomed town (sounds like they’re playing with fire, if you ask us).
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