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3rd Sinkhole Opens in Town Where Man Died in One

This one appeared between two yards
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 25, 2013 2:04 PM CDT
3rd Sinkhole Opens in Town Where Man Died in One
This is the location of the first sinkhole to make the news in Seffner.   (AP Photo/Scott Iskowitz)

(Newser) – Thousands of sinkholes plague Florida, so the occasion of a new one emerging wouldn't be overly noteworthy—except that this one is located in Seffner, making it the third such sinkhole that has opened up in town in the last month. The first claimed the life of a man whose bedroom was above the sinkhole. That one was located less than two miles from sinkhole No. 3, which sits between two homes and was spotted by kids on Saturday. MyFox Tampa Bay reports that the hole is 10 feet deep and 8.5 feet wide.

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The owner of one of the homes flanking the hole tells Bay News 9 she panicked upon learning about it. "I said, 'oh my god!' I was thinking about the neighbors down the street ... It’s just very, very scary." Of course, as Bay 9 News notes, it wasn't scary enough to get her out of her own bedroom: She was issued a voluntary evacuation warning, and while she's "kinda packing up stuff just in case we do need to leave" she hasn't done so yet. The owner of the home across from her apparently had the property inspected for sinkholes in recent weeks. See a photo here. (Read more sinkhole stories.)

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