Florida Sinkhole Opens Back up Two Years After Swallowing Man

Florida Sinkhole Opens Back up
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TAMPA, Fla., Aug. 19 (UPI) — A sinkhole in central Florida that opened up two years ago and killed a man who was sleeping inside his home reopened Wednesday, emergency officials said.

Rescue authorities were called to the town of Seffner, east of Tampa, when the sinkhole reappeared Wednesday.

“Upon arrival, it was confirmed that this is the same sinkhole,” a fire and rescue statement read.

Officials said the sinkhole is about 20 feet in diameter, but did not injure anyone or prompt any evacuations in the neighborhood — as it did in February 2013 when it killed 37-year-old Jeffrey Bush.

The geology beneath the state of Florida makes the region vulnerable to sinkholes. Officials say more sinkholes open up in Florida than any other state.

It’s rare, they say, that a person is swallowed up by a sinkhole though.

Authorities demolished Bush’s home after his death two years ago, along with two adjacent houses, so when the sinkhole reopened Wednesday there were no residents living in the immediate area.


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