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May 28, 1985: The shooting of the movie "Poltergeist II" at the corner of Variel Avenue and Celtic Street in Chatsworth.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times

May 28, 1985: The crew gets wind and dust effects going full blast for a shot.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times

May 28, 1985: Giant fan used by the special effects crew to create windstorm. Shovel fulls of dust are fed into the fan.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times

Cast of the 1986 movie "Poltergeist II: The Other Side" from MGM, from right, Craig T. Nelson, Oliver Robins, Heather O'Rouke, JoBeth Williams and Zelda Rubinstein.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Hanauer / MGM

May 28, 1985: For the duststorm scene, the homes were made to look empty by boarding up windows and doors, and fake dried grass, bushes, leaves and dirt were placed on the streets and lawns.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times

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The caption with this photo in the May 29, 1985, Los Angeles Times reported:

Chatsworth was struck by a dust and windstorm Tuesday but it was caused by man, not Mother Nature, and the afflicted homes were fakes. A special-effects crew worked its magic with a giant fan and shovels of dirt during filming of “Poltergeist II,” using a set constructed at the corner of Variel Avenue and Celtic Street.

“Poltergeist II: The Other Side,” was released in 1986. The sequel to “Poltergeist” was nominated for the Academy Award for visual effects. “Aliens” won the award.

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