BBC: An uninhabited Scottish island where government scientists once conducted experiments with Anthrax has been hit by a fire.
People who saw the fire on Gruinard Island from the mainland described the scene as “apocalyptic”.
Those that visit regularly Gruinard Island (Anthrax Island) will be a familiar sight but it’s never looked like this before! Muirburn or Arson? We don’t know yet, but sad and destructive for the wildlife either way! @BBCNews @BBCNewsScotland #fire #anthraxisland #gruinardisland pic.twitter.com/qeUtjHR4Ch
— Gairloch Marine Wildlife (@GairlochMarine) March 27, 2022
They said the uninhabited island off Scotland’s northwest coast was ablaze from “one end to the other” on Saturday evening.
The island was used for germ warfare experiments during World War Two.
This was the piece I did about Gruinard Island earlier this year. If you read it, you can understand why these pictures from the island tonight are concerning! Anthrax Island: Lifting the lid on mystery island and Dark Harvest Commandos! https://t.co/Qa2uLhGJWh via @pressjournal
— Neil Drysdale (@NeilDrysdale) March 26, 2022
It was declared free of Anthrax by the Ministry of Defence in April 1990.
Kate Gearing and her daughter Nessie were at their home in Aultbea when they saw a glow in the sky, around 20:30 on Saturday.
They could smell the smoke in the air from their house which is about five miles from the island.
They got into the car to investigate and drove along the coast until they saw the fire, which they said you couldn’t miss.
Nessie took pictures from the area around Gruinard beach.
The 25-year-old described the scene as “apocalyptic,” and said it looked like “hell fire”.
“There was a string of flames around the whole circumference of the island,” she said. Read more…