One of the most famous features of Matt Groening’s fictional town of Springfield is a strange one. Springfield is home to a giant, perpetually burning tire fire. I guess considering the town also has a nuclear plant that routinely leaks glowing green waste into the town’s water supply, the tire fire isn’t such a big deal. However, in the real world, tire fires are a really big deal. A tire fire in Spain has forced 9000 people to evacuate their homes to escape toxic fumes.
The dump operated legally until 2003, when Spanish officials declared it an illegal operation. However, there’s one problem: no one wanted to pay for cleaning up the dump, which was going to cost 4 million Euros. The dump was in the Castilla La Mancha fields, near the town of Sesena Nuevo. Due to the dump’s location, there was a dispute on who had to pay for it, Madrid or Castilla La Mancha.
While the two sides argued, nobody seemed to pay any attention to the dump, until it burst into flames. Now people are being removed from their homes while 75000 tons of tires burns out of control, despite the best efforts of firefighters to bring it down.
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