Moscow to Build Terrorist Attack-Proof Toilets

Public toilets could soon be the safest places to stay in the Russian capital of Moscow.

Moscow officials said the city will start construction of bomb-proof water closets by the end of the year. The toilets will come with lavatories made from ultra-strong fibrous concrete. The toilets’ fittings will be made from a mixture of steel and reinforced plastic, the Telegraph said in a report. Anatoly Ashikhmin of the Moscow State Department of Building Maintenance said the toilets are virtually indestructible. “If somebody will leave a bomb inside the lavatory and it explodes, then the toilet won’t be destroyed,” he said.

The bomb-proof toilets are viewed as Moscow’s response to the recent spike in terrorist attacks in the city. In January, a suicide bomber attacked the Domodedovo International Airport, Moscow’s busiest airport, killing 37 people and injuring 180 others.

Aside from its anti-terrorist features, the new toilets may also serve as public heaters as temperatures inside the WCs will be kept above 16 degree Celsius. Temperatures in Moscow could drop to as low as -30 degrees during winter. Users will be allowed to stay inside the toilets for only up to 30 minutes before the WCs’ door opens automatically.