After hearing rumors about new home, this man made a chilling backyard discovery, updated when John Sims purchased his new home in suburban Tucson, Arizona, to lead a quiet life. He never expected it to become one of the most epic moments of his life.
It all started started with a tantalizing rumor about something mysterious buried underground, divulged to him by the former owner of his new home. As the rumor held, John’s backyard held a creepy secret that heralded back to frightening memories. So without any direction whatsoever, he began to dig feverishly tearing up his backyard.
What he was about to discover was far more than John Sims had ever bargained for. Read here to find out what this incredible backyard discovery turned out to be. John Sims bought a new home for himself in Midtown Tucson, Arizona. The previous owner was a friend of his, so he knew he was in good hands. But as his friend handed over the property, he had a strange message to pass on about the house.
There was a mystery surrounding the property, something huge yet to be unearthed. Little did John realize that his friend’s cryptic message would turn out to be the beginning of a chain of events that would soon have the whole state talking. John’s friend gave him a tantalizing hint about the backyard. He said that the house John had acquired had more to it than meets the eye. Rumor had it there was something buried there, deep beneath the ground, but he’d never fully investigated it himself.
Now that the property was John’s, he could do as he pleased. But even as he set about moving his belongings into the home and arranging it to his liking, the gears in his mind started moving. The desire to know more was consuming him, as anyone who had a secret lurking beneath their fingertips would likely feel. John was going wild with curiosity the second his friend had passed this information to him. Even if it was possibly just a Fool’s hope, he was intrigued.
Only half jokingly. John had asked him immediately for a shovel, and while they’d laughed it off, John knew he had to pull out the proper equipment he would need to put the rumor to rest. He had an idea. It took him a bit more time to get things underway, but John was determined to discover what secrets his backyard held, if any. He wondered what he would find, if anything, and how intact it could be.
The possibilities were limitless. Even though it would mean messing up the clean, orderly appearance of his backyard. It was only a minor setback in order to settle the score once and for all. There was only one way to find out. He started to dig.
As John set to work on exploring his backyard, the elements were working against him. The notorious Arizona heat was absolutely boiling. Climbing into the three digits Fahrenheit, John kept on pushing forward, armed with his shovel, hoping he’d find something. Unfortunately, despite all his intensive labor, his search kept coming up dry. There was nothing to show for his efforts.
Was it possible that his friend just been leading him on all along? He could have given up. But things were only getting started. Though he dug four different holes and tore up his backyard, John Sims found nothing. If there really was something under the grass, There was a distinct possibility that by now it was totally destroyed.
Collapsed or enclosed by bricks. The initial disappointment could have put him off continuing his search. But there was no way he was about to let this slip through his fingers. Whatever it was, he would have to think outside the box. John suddenly had an idea how to better locate it.
John had found what could be a key resource. Municipal records for his part of Tucson. He scoured old documents until he hit the jackpot. In addition to the record of his house itself being built, there was something else. Now he knew how to Hone in on his quest.
According to the documentation, it would appear that the company Whitaker pools had built something there in 1961. But even if it appeared in the records, It was still bizarre. Why would a swimming pool be underground? What he was about to discover would prove truly unbelievable. John decided that he had to go about his backyard expedition less haphazardly.
After all, while he had initially been working on a hunch, now he had documentation. He wanted to do things in a smart way. So he hired consultants to come over with metal detectors. Now he was getting serious. The team arrived with the proper gear, and they cooped the backyard together.
At first, there were no results. And with each quiet moment, he waited tense to see if anything might trip them. Then suddenly, the detectors went off. To John’s absolute delight, the metal detectors that the experts had brought went off. Not once, but twice.
John took chalk and marked an X in the grass of his backyard. Over the two sites which had triggered them. Now his search would no longer be blind. The professionals had helped him focus his search. And what’s more, now he knew that he wasn’t going after something that couldn’t be found.
Filled with expectation, he started to dig. It didn’t take long before his shovel struck something. What had he stumbled across.
Whatever John’s shovel had clanged against was clearly metal, even though the discovery was thrilling. He paused. He thought at first that it could be a septic tank and wondered if it was a bad idea to keep digging around it. Now that he had finally uncovered something, something he had to work extra carefully with great precision so that he wouldn’t accidentally damage it or break a pipe. But he was grateful to discover it wasn’t what he thought it was.
It was something else. From the look of things, John had discovered an entrance of some sort in his backyard, shaped like a hatch. He bent down to clear away the dirt surrounding it, excavated even more to isolate it and pride the lid open. John Sims finds entry to the bomb shelter. John Sims finds entry to the bomb shelter.
John Simsimgurred, Captain he was careful not to inhale too much. Who knew where it led? There was a high possibility of mold spores wafting out of the dark. Unknown, or even worse, there could be toxic gas fumes. John carefully peered in and was amazed at the sight that greeted him.
Inside the hatch he’d just uncovered. 3ft beneath the grass of his backyard, John Sims found what looked like a series of sharp blades. Upon further inspection, however, he realized it was in fact a spiral staircase heading downward. John Sims, find staircase to bomb shelter. John Sims, find staircase to bomb shelter Most people’s first instincts would be to rush into the shaft to see where it leads.
Yet despite his incredible excitement at finally making this huge discovery on his own property, John hesitated, and he had a good reason to do so. John knew it would be foolish to proceed any further, even if he did it with the utmost care. In his background, John is a fire Department captain with plenty of special training to rescue people trapped in tight spaces. He could already predict the risks. Literally nothing was stable about the structure he had uncovered, because he could imagine several potentially dangerous scenarios happening if he were to enter the shaft blindly.
He held back. He had a better plan in mind, but he couldn’t do it alone. John called a bunch of his friends over to help. He wanted to make sure that he not only had backup to proceed with the excavations, but that his friends act as a sort of spotter in case something bad were to happen. Because John had rescued people before, he knew that if that heavy old lid were to collapse and fall down on him, he’d be a goner.
Before they could figure out what the hole contained, they had a task to complete. John was super excited to explore the underground find in his yard, but he wanted to be able to use the space and navigate it safely. There were far too many things yet unknown about the passageway lying beneath the surface, so he sat down to plan with his friends. Together, they devised a blueprint and with it, a method as to how to proceed. They had no idea just what the scale of this discovery would be.
But they were about to find out. The first thing that had to be done was to reinforce and repair the entire concrete structure. That surrounded the stairs leading down into the cavern. The stairs were very dangerous because they were rusted through and could possibly give way. All this was preventing John Sims from discovering what lay ahead inside.
But despite the temptation to rush ahead and climb in to find out, he knew he needed to do it the smart way. He just had to know what was down there. John and his friends worked diligently to set down several fresh layers of concrete. They wanted to secure the rebar inside the hatch. If someone was going in there, they had to be absolutely certain that the structure wouldn’t just crumble around them.
The work team had to keep constantly pouring new batches of concrete to stabilize everything. All the while, imaginations ran wild with wondering what was waiting for them inside the hatch and where it would lead. But something was working against them. The intense blistering Arizona heat was a huge, unavoidable problem hindering their progress. Worse, nobody could know if that intense, direct heat.
Could impact anything that was inside the hole. The team put up a tent over the backyard. In order to protect it and themselves. They set up a Sono tube cardboard structure around the entrance. So they wouldn’t damage anything as they worked their way down.
After all that work with cement, it looked like it was finally time to go inside. But they’d need one more thing. As part of their plan to best spruce up the mysterious structure under John Sims’s backyard, he and his friends had to install an electrical line. Whatever they would discover inside, the team wanted to be able to illuminate it properly and to use power tools for further excavation. Bomb shelter, excavation safety measures and precautions.
Bomb shelter, excavation safety measures and precautions. They also put in a black pipe to funnel in fresh air. At long last, their work was coming to a finish. After more than 50 years, the underground cavern, long covered by the hatch and 3ft of Earth, would reveal its secrets. After their work of widening the entrance, the tunnel was looking in way better shape than when it had first been discovered.
They had labored intensively.