Massive Sinkhole Opens Up in Soccer Field at Gordon Moore Park, Alton, Illinois

Drone footage captures the dramatic scene of a giant swallowing a portion of the soccer field at Gordon Moore Park in Alton, Illinois.

Soccer Field GONE! GIANT HOLE Opens Up at Park, Illinois.Soccer Field GONE! GIANT HOLE Opens Up at Park, Illinois.

The incident occurred on Wednesday morning when an area above an abandoned mine collapsed, creating a 100-foot-wide and 100-foot-deep hole in the center of the park's new artificial turf soccer field.

Fortunately, no injuries were reported among parkgoers or miners working underground.

Details of the Incident:

The formed due to the collapse of the ceiling above a mine located adjacent to the park's west side.
The mine has a history of mining operations under this section of Alton for many years.
The specific area that collapsed was the new artificial turf soccer field closest to the park's main entrance.
Park officials reacted swiftly, locking down the entire area and closing nearby roads to ensure safety.

Previous Incidents:

This is not the first time the quarry has experienced collapses.
Decades ago, a similar incident occurred involving a smaller collapse under a creek near Route 140, located between the park and the quarry property.
This event serves as a stark reminder of the potential dangers associated with abandoned mines and the importance of maintaining safety protocols in such areas.

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