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Florida man swallowed by
massive sinkhole in his bedroom

CNN, by Tina Burnside

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Posted By:Oblio, 3/1/2013 6:13:38 AM

A 36-year-old man disappeared Thursday night when a sinkhole opened up under his bedroom in Florida, swallowing him as his brother tried to rescue him, authorities said.Right after the ground started to give way in his home in Brandon, his brother frantically tried to keep him from sinking into the hole, an emergency official said. The first deputy on the scene pulled the victim´s brother from the edge of the growing chasm, said Jessica Damico, a spokeswoman for the Hillsborough County Fire Rescue.Authorities have been unable to contact the man as the sinkhole expanded.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: zzzghy, 3/1/2013 6:16:37 AM     (No. 9202077)

Florida Man strikes again.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Keekng, 3/1/2013 6:24:53 AM     (No. 9202080)

One or two possible causes.....Oil fracking in North Dakota or George W. Bush.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Sfacheem, 3/1/2013 6:36:39 AM     (No. 9202096)

This is horrible. Can´t imagine.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: escaped commieny, 3/1/2013 6:39:45 AM     (No. 9202100)

How can you make jokes about this ?


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Reply 5 - Posted by: Toledo, 3/1/2013 6:43:17 AM     (No. 9202104)

The joke is about sequester nonsense. Lighten up.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Spidey, 3/1/2013 6:49:24 AM     (No. 9202111)

Further proof we need to spend another trillion for infrastructure improvements.Write your republican rep and demand to cough up he additional money. For every dollar we spend on infrastructure,it´s creates another five dollars in return.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: escaped commieny, 3/1/2013 7:04:34 AM     (No. 9202130)

lighten up ? They just reported the sink hole swallowed the camera trying to find him and although they haven´t recovered the body from the rubble, they suspect he is dead. so ........yours

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Judith, 3/1/2013 7:26:02 AM     (No. 9202157)

This is tragic and scary. But, when you read the attached article and view the video....it almost feels as though this is something that should have been reported on April 1.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Catherine, 3/1/2013 7:34:26 AM     (No. 9202169)

Sinkholes can sometimes be caused by loss of water that once had been underground. It leaves a big empty hole and eventually the soil (or in FL sand) sifts down and there´s your sinkhole.

I can´t imagine losing a loved one this way. My condolences to the family.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: corndoggies, 3/1/2013 8:03:05 AM     (No. 9202228)

People deal with bad things differently and who´s to judge those reactions? Personally, I think those who are overly sympathetic are one step away from being "look at me I care" prius drivers. Full disclosure, I´ve been accused of being cold hearted but one just can´t feel every bad thing that happens in the world, or we´d go crazy.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: LOL Thomas, 3/1/2013 8:09:07 AM     (No. 9202240)

OP posted this article at 6:13:38 AM.
Reply #1 was posted at 6:16:37 AM.

Speed-reader and speed-poster?
Or does it explain one of the “jokes”?

From the article:

Authorities have evacuated the neighborhood.
The hole occurred naturally, Damico said, and is still actively developing. It is not man-made.


Wouldn’t it be “funny” if that actively developing sinkhole reached the location of a joker’s loved one?

So “lighten up” . . . .  Sure.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: Antidem, 3/1/2013 8:25:30 AM     (No. 9202275)

Everybody in that neighborhood must feel like they are living on a time bomb.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: Rinktum, 3/1/2013 8:30:47 AM     (No. 9202284)

How sad. I can´t imagine the terror of this. My prayers go out to his family, friends and neighbors. I wouldn´t want to live in that neighborhood.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: slartibartfast, 3/1/2013 8:43:03 AM     (No. 9202310)

My home is less than two miles from what is left of this one. It is no laughing matter!

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Reply 15 - Posted by: Wilko, 3/1/2013 8:48:39 AM     (No. 9202326)

I worry too. If my house starts to twist or tilt the doors and windows won´t work and I´ll be swallowed up. Yikes. I actually stand a better chance of getting struck by lightning, so they´re the chances we take living in exciting FL.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: squiggle, 3/1/2013 9:13:28 AM     (No. 9202381)

I, too, find it hard to joke; this man died. I am so sorry.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: killerbee, 3/1/2013 9:30:06 AM     (No. 9202416)

That is terrifying. We have the opposite here in California. We have mudslides. I recall one about 8 years ago where a man went out to get ice cream only to find his entire family dead and buried under tons of mud when he returned home. He wasn´t gone thirty minutes.

I can´t imagine the horror of losing a loved one that way.

My sympathies to the family of this poor man.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: PageTurner, 3/1/2013 10:13:19 AM     (No. 9202518)

Oh, how awful.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: snakeoil, 3/1/2013 10:18:37 AM     (No. 9202529)

Would be amusing if a person hadn´t been killed. Every night I hear sounds in my house and wonder if it´s getting ready to collapse. The only safe place to live is a cave.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: gone2pot, 3/1/2013 10:41:52 AM     (No. 9202600)

This story is illustrative. Which person represents the United States? The man awakened and swallowed up who could not even be found by his own brother, the brother who tried to rescue his brother, or the neighbors? My guess is none of the above. The United States would create the sinkhole, and push itself in to "save its life."

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Reply 21 - Posted by: tomishere, 3/1/2013 10:50:57 AM     (No. 9202622)

#4 unfortunately we have our share of slobs on Lucianne. I think some of you are dead inside. It just goes to show we are never really secure.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: Arby, 3/1/2013 10:51:50 AM     (No. 9202623)

Sounds like a perfect metaphor for the Obama administration. Suddenly the bottom drops out of everything and we can´t get out of the pit.

Only one difference: the local press actually reported what was happening.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: Old Army Vet, 3/1/2013 11:11:44 AM     (No. 9202685)

Bush´s fault.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: strike3, 3/1/2013 11:33:15 AM     (No. 9202734)

It was during the last big drought in Florida that a huge sinkhole near Orlando swallowed an entire Porsche dealership. Now THAT was a tragedy.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: oofda, 3/1/2013 11:34:11 AM     (No. 9202735)

My mother lives 1/4 mile from this, so I join the other local who´s quite nervous right now.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: preciosodrogas, 3/1/2013 12:01:50 PM     (No. 9202807)

We had these in Brazil. During the rainy season. In the northeast. In the roads. Some were were big enough to swallow a car. The local government didn´t mark them so the locals did ... by putting a palm branch in the hole. Which usually got knocked over by the wind and rain. Do you know how hard it was to see a dried up palm branch sticking out of a hole at night, even if you did recognize it as a warning and not just debris in the road? Eventually, the government would get around to fixing them by filling them with sand and rock ... which would quickly follow wherever the original sand and rock went thereby leaving another hole. Survival depending on a good memory and quick reactions. The government paved the road that was the worst and I never traveled that road again.
I am sorry for the family´s loss.

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Reply 27 - Posted by: Keekng, 3/1/2013 12:13:44 PM     (No. 9202857)

My post (reply #2) was made for the simple reason to head off the gorebots, EPA freaks and Sierra clubbers before they started placing blame. Yes, it is a sad event and the family involved is probably devastated. That said, 3,300 abortions occur here every day and no tears are shed over that loss of life.

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Reply 28 - Posted by: Hammock, 3/1/2013 12:25:55 PM     (No. 9202897)

No tear shed for the aborted eh? Speak for yourself only #28. Poor excuses anyway.

I expected the shallow haw-haw from some posters but was irritated to see it under the headline from Lucianne.

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Reply 29 - Posted by: mickturn, 3/1/2013 12:34:17 PM     (No. 9202923)

Too bad it wasn´t Libs in session in the home at the time...

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Reply 30 - Posted by: cincinnati whig, 3/1/2013 1:26:06 PM     (No. 9203047)

As much as I sympathize with the victim, I have to agree w/ #10 as well. ´Sick jokes´ and ´gallows humour´ are defense mechanisms, sometimes all we have to evade terror and despair.

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