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  1. Once I parked (blue Camry hybrid on the back left) it was all on foot. The beach road still is destroyed nearly 4 years later.

  2. There was one little patch of pavement, then more road construction. Note the free-standing bank vault to the right. That’s where we’re going!

  3. Approaching the vault, notice the appropriate graffiti on the side: “SOLID”

  4. Imagine this vault being surrounded by a big bank until the morning of August 29, 2005.

  5. Heading to the back. . . .

  6. Not much there but the remains of a linoleum floor, and another “SOLID” from an urban artist with a sense of humor.

  7. Now, to get past the timelock movement.

  8. A little rewiring. . . .

  9. Done.

  10. A twist of the magic level. . . .

  11. And bada bing, we’re in as the iron door slowly squeaks open. Actually, it’s been frozen in this position since Hurricane Katrina.

  12. A huge door. . . .

  13. . . . takes huge hinges.

  14. View of the Mississippi Gulf Coast as I enter.

  15. Past the threshold. . . .

  16. . . . and the security gate.

  17. And not much inside this former Merchants Bank vault. To the right, an old safe and some lumber. (Now I know how Geraldo felt when he opened Capone’s secret vault. At least it contained a couple empty gin bottles.)

  18. Looks like the safe had a timelock movement as well. (See the inside of the door.)

  19. A larger room to the left had even more debris—some filing cabinets and lumber.

  20. I have no idea what this could have been. Air holes in case you get locked in the vault?