A massive sinkhole opened up in a residential neighborhood in Windermere, Florida that was 100 feet across and nearly 50 feet deep.
Luckily, no one was hurt in the freak accident, though the massive hole displaced a family of six, which had to be evacuated with aid of the fire department.
The cause of the sinkhole is unknown, but officials believe the dry weather conditions experienced in parts of the south could have contributed to the hole.
The hole ends a mere three feet from the family’s two-story house, WESH reported.
One of the homeowners discovered the pit in their backyard around 7am this morning when they let the dog out.
When the Orange County Fire Department arrived, they told the family to gather as many personal belongings as they could and evacuate.
The house was deemed unsafe to live in.
‘The ground was just falling into the hole, and the trees were gone,’ he said. ‘It was happening very rapidly, too.’
According to WESH, geological experts are currently evaluating the hole.
According to the U.S. Geological Survey, Florida, Texas, Alabama, Missouri, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Pennsylvania are the states most affected by sinkholes.
While they often occur from natural causes, sinkholes can be man-made and caused by human activity. Groundwater pumping and construction are the most likely culprits.