LOWELL (CBS) – A massive sinkhole has opened up the ground next to an apartment building in Lowell.

A break in a water line on Massmills Drive caused the ground to give way Tuesday and neighbors say the hole opened up very quickly.

It’s now about 25 feet wide and 20 feet deep.

It swallowed up a fire hydrant and a street sign.

Inspectors say the apartment building is safe.

But, as a precaution, they will put up a temporary fence around the hole when repairs begin Wednesday.

Comments (2)
  1. emom says:

    OK HOW DO YOU FILL A HOLE THAT WAS ERODED BY WATER,,,,, and it swallowed a fire hydrant… was it leaking ,, was there evidence of over use on water,,,, were they missing water, seems this happens more now… I beleive this was a 2nd sink hole in mass ….. There is one in the big dig areas I hear,,,, build on areas that have a high water table is just as bad…. something must give.. its natures way

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