This Fatal Disaster Will Go Down In History As Colorado’s Own Chernobyl

Where were you on April 26, 1986? Do you remember? On this seemingly innocent day near the former USSR city of Pripyat, the worst nuclear disaster in the history of the world occurred due to a botched nuclear reactor safety test at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant. Since HBO’s acclaimed mini-series of the same name has brought this crisis back to the forefront of our memory, we were curious if Colorado had experienced any energy-related disasters of its own. Come to find out, it has.

Needless to say, the environmental impact of the Cabin Creek Fire was nothing like Chernobyl but the unnecessary loss of life was no less tragic. This is not the first time in Colorado where lives were senselessly lost, as demonstrated by The Tiny Town In Colorado With A Terribly Creepy Past.