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Sinkhole collaspe on a kids soccor field

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A giant sinkhole has swallowed the center of a soccer complex that was built over an operating limestone mine in southern Illinois, taking down a large light pole and leaving a gaping chasm where squads of kids often play. The good news is that no injuries were reported after the sinkhole opened Wednesday.


Security video that captured the hole's sudden formation shows a soccer field light pole disappearing into the ground, along with benches and artificial turf at the city's Gordon Moore Park. The hole is estimated to be at least 100 feet wide and up to 50 feet deep, said Michael Haynes, the city's parks and recreation director.


"No one was on the field at the time and no one was hurt, and that's the most important thing," Alton Mayor David Goins told the Alton Telegraph. New Frontier Materials Bluff City said the sinkhole resulted from "surface subsidence" at its underground mine in city, located about 25 miles north of St. Louis along the Mississippi River.


The collapse was reported to the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration, said company spokesman Matt Barkett. He told the AP that it's his understanding the limestone mine runs under the city park where the sinkhole appeared.



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