Brooklyn sinkhole opens up and nearly swallows a parked car (Video)

By on Aug 3, 2012 in Environment, United States, Weird Comments

A huge sinkhole in Brooklyn, New York opened up on Wednesday, August 3, 2012 and almost swallowed a parked family car, as shown in the news video below. Local authorities rushed to the area immediately but took hours to pull out the vehicle hanging from the massive hole.

Brooklyn sinkhole, and a car nearly swallowed
Image Credit: Christine Hansen via CBS2

According to CBS 2 that day, the Brooklyn sinkhole, which is located 79th street at Bay Ridge between 4th and 5th avenues, was formed at around 6 p.m. (local time) and measures about 20 feet on its opening and 20-foot deep. No injuries were reported from the incident.

As noted in the report, the Fire Department City of New York (FDNY) and members of the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) joined hands in pulling out the car before it could be totally swallowed by the giant sinkhole, as a resident named Christine Hansen took photos on it.

“We’re so blessed. If we were five minutes later or anything, we could have been in the hole,” Maddie Flood was quoted telling to Aaron Gerberg of 1010 WINS, who along with her mother Annette and parked their car and brought their dog outside their house minutes later.

“We narrowly missed being involved in something worse,” Annette Flood told CBS 2′s Jessica Schneider, adding that she and her mother have just walked about five steps away from their car, with DEP officials saying that the huge sinkhole may be caused by a 50-inch sewer pipe that was discovered broken.

The DEP noted that they will investigate further as to what really caused the Brooklyn sinkhole, adding out that the filling up the street may take at least through the weekend.

News report about the Brooklyn sinkhole that almost swallow a car
Video Credit: DorkNightRises/YouTube/CBS2

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