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Dallas Business Journal Bomb ShelterOriginally published on bizjournals.com Dallas by Shashana Pearson-Hormillosa on September 20, 2009

Walton McCarthy designs modern-day underground shelters to protect clients from long-term effects of disasters

When Walton McCarthy started building bomb shelters in 1978, he found the concrete shelters inadequate for protecting against nuclear attack. He devised a modern-day shelter that is airtight, fully self-contained and able to protect against natural disasters as well as nuclear, chemical and biological weapons. Now, demand for the shelters is so high that he has not been able to match it with production and he is increasing his manufacturing facility by 50,000 square feet to meet the demand.

MOD POD: Not your mother’s bomb shelter, Walton McCarthy stands in one of the sheltersMOD POD: Not your mother’s bomb shelter, Walton McCarthy stands in one of the shelters he designed and built through his company, Radius Engineering.

Walton McCarthy is passionate about what he does — designing and building self-contained underground composite structures, better known as bomb shelters. It’s something he’s been doing for more than 30 years, but more recent incidents like the terrorist attacks on 9/11 and rumblings of nuclear weapons from Iran and North Korea have made demand for his service skyrocket.