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Massive sinkhole in Sweden forces factory evacuation, halts river traffic

Workers at a forest products refinery on Sunday evening alerted emergency services to the hole, which was apparently caused by a burst underground sewage pipe

August 1, 2017  by The Associated Press

HELSINKI—Swedish emergency services say that a huge sinkhole in northern Sweden has forced the closure of a factory in an industrial area and halted boat traffic on a nearby river.

Hakan Wiberg from the Ornskoldsvik emergency services says they had cordoned off the area for fear of further erosion after the hole grew to a size of eight metres in diameter.

Workers at a forest products refinery on Sunday evening alerted emergency services to the hole, which was apparently caused by a burst underground sewage pipe.

It was not clear if the hole had caused any damage to buildings but experts were investigating the area on Monday.

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No further details were immediately available.


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