Second Sinkhole Appears In Florida


/ March 5, 2013

Almost a week after a Florida man and his home were engulfed in a sinkhole, a second one has appeared in the Tampa area.

The latest sinkhole opened two miles away and was said to be about 12-feet round, three feet deep around the edge and about five feet deep in the center, according to Hillsborough County spokesman Willie Puz. Police say the second one does not pose immediate danger, Reuters reports.

The two sinkholes also appear to be unrelated. “It is not geologically connected,” Puz said.

The first sinkhole — which clocked in at 30 feet wide and 60 feet deep — swallowed resident Jeff Bush and his home last Thursday (Feb. 28). Other occupants of the house heard a loud crash and Bush screaming as they got into bed. Officials say they don’t believe Bush’s body will ever be retrieved.

Demolition crews returned to the house Monday (March 4) to break down the rest of the home and stabilize the sinkhole. Several items including a Bible, flag, military medals, a purse, teddy bears, generations of photos and two antique rifles that were family heirlooms were recovered.

Jeff’s brother Jeremy Bush said the family was discussing plans for a memorial service and a possible marker at the site.