Hole-y Cow: Lightning Opens Sinkhole

Authorities believe lightning created sinkhole in Fairfax street

By Kathy Banks
|  Friday, May 28, 2010  |  Updated 8:45 PM EDT
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Bad weather may have created a large sinkhole near the intersection of Annandale and Beachtree roads in Annandale, Va. 

A severe thunderstorm rumbled through that neighborhood early Friday morning, just after midnight.
 
Investigators are looking into the possibility that a lightning strike caused the pavement to buckle, damaging some underground Verizon cables.
 
A manhole and about 20 feet of asphalt also were damaged.
 
It took almost 12 hours for Verizon crews to make the necessary repairs.

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