The gas could not be safely extracted for use. To avert the hazards of the poisonous gas, the geologists decided to burn off the gas.
It was hoped the fire would consume the gas discharge in a matter of days. Incredibly it is still burning today.
Locals refer to the gaping hole in the desert as "The Door to Hell".
Double, double, toil and trouble;
Fire burn, and cauldron bubble!
— William Shakespeare
(From the incantation of the three witches in Shakespeare's Macbeth)
- Door to Hell, Wikipedia.
- The Door to Hell: Take a look inside a giant hole in the desert which has been on fire for more than 40 YEARS, Daily Mail. 27 July 2012.