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Decked out fallout shelters
NEAR LOS ANGELES -- Ron Hubbard, who runs Atlas Survival Shelters near Los Angeles, ships most of his luxury bunkers out of state.
Unlike Cold War-era shelters, he builds ones that are half the length of a basketball court and have a master bedroom, dining nook and a couch to watch a 47-inch flat screen TV.
Hubbard says his phones rang nonstop last December as people attempted to prepare for the end of the world that never came. A 5,125-year cycle in the Mayan calendar passed by, sans disaster. The Perseid meteors soaring through the sky last month had customers calling him constantly, looking for a way to stay safe in case one hit Earth _ even though its an annual celestial event. He insists his customers are practical people _ not radical doomsday preppers.
This next generation of bunkers comes as many survivalists face heightened concerns of a terrorist attack, economic meltdown and for some, even solar flares or meteor showers. "I'm not fear mongering," Hubbard said, standing beside a $65,000 shelter in his warehouse.