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Remember when you were a child and you tried to dig a hole to China? Although our chances of popping out anywhere close to China were not even remotely possible, a surprising discovery at a construction site will give you a pretty good reason to not try.

A crater suddenly opened up that is slowly but surely growing in size, and we aren’t talking about a simple sinkhole either. The lingering smell of sulfur that hangs in the air is an immediate warning sign that something deeper is going on.

A crater measuring one meter (about 3.3 feet) in diameter opened up on April 7, 2015, at a construction site in Urumqi, the capital of Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region of the People’s Republic of China. Workers were more than a little wary of the hole when they detected the smell of sulfur floating up from it.

Trying to get a better handle on what exactly they were dealing with, at first the workers decided to try the scientific method of throwing some rocks inside the hole. Evidently there was no sound or reaction from the first test. What followed was the next step in the scientific process, poke it with a stick. The results were almost immediate as the branch caught fire after only 6 seconds of being in the hole.

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As the saying goes, where there is smoke there is fire, and where there is fire there is a 792° Celsius (about 1457° Fahrenheit) gaping hole into the mouth of hell.

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Most likely construction has halted in the area as lingering white smoke and the smell are causing real safety concerns. Perhaps what is even scarier is that according to eyewitness accounts, the hole is growing larger and larger each day.

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Mother nature can be a terrifying beast, so it always pays to be careful of pitch black caves or holes. You never know if your next spelunking adventure will turn into a case of human combustion, so you might  want to put your backyard “hole to China” project on hold for the time being.

Source: Toychan
Images: Wangyi News, China News