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Still hole runs deep in Dorchester's Ronan Park

Bart Thompson noticed an incredibly deep sinkhole in Ronan Park, like maybe 40 feet deep. He reports Boston firefighters and police arrived after a 911 call to make sure nobody falls in.

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Oh I'm sure at some point they'll be pulling a Masshole out of it.

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Or tunnel from China?

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Boston's antipode is in the Indian Ocean

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If I fell into this, I wonder if I'd even be able to call 911 for help.

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You might be forced to call for help the old fashioned way. :)

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...that you're 6 inches wide, allowing you to move your arms.

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Someone get Westley on the case.

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awakens once again.

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Missing period, and typo hole/call.

Feel free to delete after fixing.

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If you don't like Adam's free form poetry, that's fine but you don't have to blast him for his efforts.

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I had to go and check this out. As of this morning, the hole (with a well secured perimeter) was about 16' deep.

https://photos.app.goo.gl/UvYfKPtPJf87fYLn6

Another mystery is the crushed section of chain-link fence that surrounds the basketball court. It looks like it took a tremendous blow from above; it's not like some kid climbing on it could have bent these posts. And yet there are no trees within 200', no evidence of public works, and no light pole appear to have fallen on it.

https://photos.app.goo.gl/hFy1mBiXJoyBGHbZA

My theory? Meteorites!

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I did not know there was a hand-held device that you could point into a hole and it would tell you how deep it is.

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They are common with contractors and real estate people for making quick measurements. About the size of a normal tape measure.

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Thanks for going out and taking a look! But I can't tell if you're joking about the metorites, so I'll err on the side of being pedantic. :-P

There would be an impact crater, not a hole like someone pushed their finger into a soft cake.

The fence was likely crushed by heavy equipment. A rapid impact would have broken off parts of it and left the rest standing upright. Perhaps a scissorlift fell over when someone was changing out the LEDs or sensor at the top of that light pole.

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The fence was smashed in a recent storm when the lights for the baseball field blew over. The city has since removed all the lights surrounding the field.

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Wow, thanks for the info; this is a big deal for the park. The funny thing is that I am at Ronan a couple of times week as I live down the street from it, and yesterday while I was focusing on the plywood covers and the hole, it didn't occur to me that the light posts themselves were missing! I surely won't miss the extreme light pollution from these stadium lights.

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This kind of looks like a dug well - the old fashioned way for a household to get water. Perhaps someone removed the pump and thought that they filled it, but it failed 100, 200 years later?

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and in one of them it kind of does look like the wall is made of flat stacked rocks. Perhaps there used to be a well cover here?

...maybe someone broke through and is down there? :-X

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Ronan is the place where Dot Rats who arrived on the Mary and John first settled.

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I hope Timmy O'Toole isn't stuck down there. And if he is, I hope Sting is available to help with the rescue!

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File this under "things you didn't think to worry about".

You're running around on the grass one day, enjoying the late fall weather, and HOLE.

I'm glad the police and fire department took this seriously.

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Of course they would. People fall in sink holes all the time

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