at Bannon, New Mexico and built in a state of the art high security
building the KIVA Laboratories complex was built by the Sendrex Corporation to handle
classified research; With such security features as full body scans, palm print scans,
voice recognition and 10,000 watt CO2 gas discharge lasers protecting the elevator shafts,
KIVA has the most advanced security of any of the Sendrex Corporation facilities. Nothing
moves in or out of the complex without being constantly monitored and controlled.
The complex consists of 3 underground levels which house a variety of laboratories
designed to cover a full gambit of research. The lab areas are independent of each other
with airlocks in the corridors designed to seal off sections in case of emergencies. The
fourth level is above ground and houses the control room and entry bay to the lower
MacGyver was called to the KIVA complex as a last hope to rescue trapped workers after an
explosion on the third level, 300 feet below the surface, caused a chain reaction of
explosions up to the first level, trapping at least 20 people and rupturing a tank
containing sulfuric acid which threatened to leak into an aquifer running under the lab
leading directly into the Rio Grande, which meant the acid would poison most of New
Mexico, Texas, and Mexico. Because of this threat the team decided to flood the entire
complex with sodium hydroxide to neutralize the acid and then fuse the substratum rock
between the lab and the aquifer with an underground missile.
Fortunately MacGyver was able to stop the acid leak and rescue the trapped scientists
before the more drastic measures were required.