American Federal Bureau of Investigation(FBI) has joined local police in Florida in an investigation into the newly discovered tunnel in the state.
The tunnel, which is at least two feet in diameter, was believed by many to be a large pothole in the middle of the road in Pembroke Pines, Florida. However, on its investigation recently, it was discovered to stretches about 50 yards, and is suspected to be a hidden underground tunnel that authorities believe may lead to a nearby bank.a
A local television station reported that Police officers were responding to a concerned driver’s call about a hole in the road close to a Chase bank on Flamingo Road and Pines Boulevard Wednesday afternoon when they made the shocking find.
Authorities told the news station it appears the start of the tunnel is located in a wooded area close to the bank.
The television station reported that part of the entrance of the tunnel was hidden by a wooden pallet. When they removed the piece of wood, police said they found a pair of mud-covered boots, a ladder, a small electric generator, electrical cords and other tools.
“The only thing I have ever seen like this is in the movies. This is truly a unique case here. It’s very small, very claustrophobic,” said Mike Leverock, FBI spokesman.
Investigators said the tunnel appeared to be dug by hand using tools such as a pickaxe, with a small wagon used to transport dirt and rock outside, Leverock added.
Though the hole is now blocked off, officials plan to dig up the tunnel to better understand its purpose.
“It’s going to be a while. We are going to dig up the whole thing,” Leverock said, noting officials have brought in heavy construction equipment to speed up the process.
The Chase branch said it would remain open, though its drive-through will be temporarily closed as officials continue to investigate the matter.
It remains unclear if someone was trying to rob the bank and no suspects have been identified at this time. A cadaver dog determined there were no bodies inside the tunnel.