A sinkhole initially reported to be 25 feet deep in the Adams Morgan neighborhood in Northwest Washington turned out to be three to four feet deep. / J. Scott Applewhite, AP
A sidewalk sinkhole in a Washington, D.C., neighborhood caused some capital panic Tuesday afternoon, but reality intervened to curb the hype and unleash the snark.
Police arrived about 12:15 p.m. at the 1900 block of Biltmore Street NW, in Adams Morgan, a spokeswoman toldThe Washington Post. At 1:35 p.m., the district's Alert DC warned of "a large sinkhole" that was "described as 25 feet deep and expanding from east to west." City crews then closed a street.
But a D.C. transportation official later told the Washington City Paper that the hole was only 3 to 4 feet deep and not spreading into the street. Neighbors said the hole had opened previously between the sidewalk and the curb. The City Paper posted a photo.
The police spokeswoman told the Post that officers did not measure the hole and that it's not clear where the 25-foot-deep estimate came from.
Here's how Washington.org describes the neighborhood:
Adams Morgan spills over with hipsters, salsa fans and revelers in this come-as-you-are nightlife hot spot. The main thoroughfare, 18th Street, features a mix of cool cat bars, raucous music venues and Latin-infused lounges. Locals love the neighborhood for its late-night scene, quirky boutiques and global cuisine.
Naturally, the comics of the Beltway Belt quickly delivered their shticks. Politico has rounded up some of the cheeky tweets: "D.C. Twittersphere falls into sinkhole."
A few feet here, a few feet there, and pretty soon we're talking a real sinkhole.
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