Second Sinkhole Appears Just Miles From First That Swallowed a Man

Published:11:55 pm EDT, March 4, 2013| Updated:5:25 pm EDT, March 5, 2013|
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Another sinkhole appeared in the Tampa, Florida area on Monday just miles away from the first that swallowed Jeffrey Bush as he was sleeping in his bed last Thursday, reports My Fox Tampa Bay. According to police, the latest hole does not appear to pose an immediate danger and opened between two homes. It's 12-feet wide and 5-feet deep at its center, but it appears to be unrelated to the first.

"It is not geologically connected," Hillsborough County spokesman Willie Puz said. "We talked to an engineering expert who has been working with us at the other site and he confirmed that these two sites are not connected."

The new hole is located at the 1200 block of Cedar Key Lane in Seffner, Florida and just two miles from the sinkhole reported on Thursday. Inspectors will assess the new hole on Tuesday to determine if there is are any safety concerns regarding the homes nearby.

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36-year-old Jeffrey Bush is presumed dead after a 30-feet wide and 60-feet deep sinkhole swallowed up his bedroom as he was sleeping last Thursday at his home located at 240 Faithway Drive in Seffner. It is unlikely that Bush's body will ever be found.

On Monday, demolition crews returned to Bush's home to tear down the rest of the house in an effort to stabilize the sinkhole.

Sinkholes are relatively common in Florida, caused by the the state's naturally porous bedrock.

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