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Sinkhole Opens Up in Florida

iStock/Thinkstock(SPRING HILL, Fla.) -- A family remains out of its home after a sinkhole opened up in a Central Florida neighborhood.

The 120-foot wide and 30-foot deep sinkhole opened Saturday afternoon in Spring Hill.

"Out of nowhere the earth just went straight up in the air and exploded up in the air," said Margaret Helmick, who lives in the neighborhood.

Police evacuated four homes but later allowed residents to return to three of them. The area was closed off until further notice.

Engineers were called out to assess the damage and the sinkhole may later be filled with sand and cement.

Officials say sinkholes are a way of life in Florida, where there have been nearly 300 ground depressions since 2010.

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