Aug 21, 2015 I Paul Seaburn

Mysterious Killer Sinkhole Opens Up Again in Florida

On February 28th, 2013, a massive sinkhole opened underneath a house in Tampa, Florida. The 30-foot-wide hole collapsed a part of the house where Jeffrey Bush was sleeping, pulling him into the abyss to his death. His body was never found. The house and those on either side were demolished, the hole filled and the area blocked off. On August 19th, 2015, the earth opened again in exactly the same spot. Is this ground dangerous … or haunted?

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The sinkhole that swallowed part of the house and killed Jeffrey Bush in 2013

This is not your typical sinkhole. This is a chasm that covers a great distance. They still have not been able to find the boundaries of the underground chasm.

That’s how Hillsborough County Administrator Mike Merrill described the sinkhole that killed Jeffrey Bush in 2013. His brother heard his screams and tried to rescue him but was nearly pulled to his death himself. The instability of the hole forced rescuers to end their search for Bush’s body and city officials determined the area too dangerous to repair and instead filled it with gravel and dirt and fenced it off.

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Filling the original sinkhole in 2013

A woman walking her dog past the area on August 19th heard a rumble and saw the sinkhole reappear. Fortunately, neither she nor her dog nor anyone else was pulled into the 20-foot hole that opened in the same spot as before. Officials say heavy recent rainfall caused the sinkhole and there is no danger to the neighborhood.

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The reopened sinkhole is at least 20 feet in diameter

Unless it’s haunted. In 1890 in the town of Chipley in southwestern Florida, two teenage girls drowned while swimming in a sinkhole that had filled with water. One body was found but divers were never able to locate the other. Attempts to drain the sinkhole failed as it mysteriously filled as fast as the water could be pumped out. Since then, local residents report seeing a young woman rise from the sinkhole and walk across the water.

What really caused this tragic sinkhole in Tampa to suddenly reopen? Was it natural … or supernatural?

This is not your typical sinkhole.

Paul Seaburn

Paul Seaburn is the editor at Mysterious Universe and its most prolific writer. He’s written for TV shows such as "The Tonight Show", "Politically Incorrect" and an award-winning children’s program. He's been published in “The New York Times" and "Huffington Post” and has co-authored numerous collections of trivia, puzzles and humor. His “What in the World!” podcast is a fun look at the latest weird and paranormal news, strange sports stories and odd trivia. Paul likes to add a bit of humor to each MU post he crafts. After all, the mysterious doesn't always have to be serious.

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