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The next generation of fallout shelters: Underground bunkers welcomed in small S. Calif. city

The Mayans said it would be December 2012. Harold Camping said it would be May 2011. Countless movies tell us zombies will be our demise. But now, one small city is taking the end of the world a step further.

Residents of Menifee, a city some 80 miles east of Los Angeles, can apply for permits to build bunkers this month. The City Council passed a hotly contested ordinance allowing the practice in July.

Survivalists spend big money on these state-of-the-art, luxury shelters. But city officials are concerned about toxins in the soil, earthquakes, structural stability and whether police and first responders will be safe responding to emergency calls coming from people hiding out underground.

Plus, they say, underground rooms could conceal criminal activity, such as drug manufacturing.

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