Sinkhole opens in Aiken parking lot

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Aug. 1—A sinkhole has opened up in Aiken.

The sinkhole is located in front of American Freight, a furniture store, which is located in a shopping center off of Richland Avenue. Caution tape surrounded the sinkhole on Monday morning.

Other tenants of the shopping center that are nearby the sinkhole include Ollie's Bargain Outlet, Hibbett Sports and Books-A-Million.

Caution tape and traffic cones have been installed to prevent unauthorized access to the sinkhole.

The sinkhole appears to be around 7 or 8 feet deep, around 7 to 10 feet wide and is narrower toward its north end.

The most recent sinkholes reported in Aiken County were on South Boundary Avenue in 2020 and on Atomic Road in 2019.

The parking lot that the current sinkhole is in may have been the location of a sinkhole in the 1970s or 1980s.