Some have heard of it, some have not: Centralia, the ghostly city in the middle of Pennsylvania. A seemingly innocuous, Memorial Day trash dump started the fire… (Some say Billy Joel started it, but they’re wrong.) The raging coal mine fire has been burning ever since, and in 1962 the government declared eminent domain to evict the town’s few remaining residents.

In the amazing video below, Atlas Obscura describes the bizarre phenomenon that is Centralia, PA.

Have you ever seen the Centralia smoke or fire? Share your stories below.

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