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Huge sinkhole in Florida swallows houses and a boat

By AP Reporters

A sinkhole that continues to grow in the US has now swallowed a boat, destroyed two homes and prompted the evacuation of residents from 10 others.

Dramatic video showed the home, north of Tampa in Pasco County, Florida, collapsing into the hole on Friday morning.

Having started the size of a swimming pool, it quickly grew to 200ft (60m) wide and 50ft (15m) deep. Pasco County fire chief Shawn Whited said no one was at the home when crews arrived just after 7.30am.

Firefighters were able to rescue two dogs and retrieve some belongings before the first home started collapsing into the quickly-expanding hole. No injuries have been reported.

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