The Tire Pile Visible From Space

These nearly one million tires on 50 acres of land in rural South Carolina might get the property owner arrested. He was apparently hoarding them to sell to China, but the used tire market (sounds legit) collapsed and he got stuck with this sprawling graveyard of rubber and mosquito breeding.

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Dumped tires are seen piled in a wooded area near Elloree, S.C. on Nov. 17, 2011. The tires started piling up on some county land in South Carolina, little by little, growing to a mound of about a million tires covering several acres of land. Officials say a $400 littering fine is hardly enough to deal with the problem.

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Gavon Laessig is a deputy news director and front page editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.
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