A giant hole opened up and swallowed more than a dozen cars in a Mississippi IHOP parking lot. So while people were freaking out on Saturday night over seeing a "UFO" hovering above Los Angeles, local Meridian, Miss. restaurant-goers witnessed the ground caving in.
When Patrol Lieutenant Rita Jack arrived at the scene she told NBC News, "If you imagine a football field cut in half, it is every bit of 50 feet wide and about 100-125 feet wide. We are talking 14 to 15 vehicles." Luckily there were no injuries, but due to the rainy weather in the area it could take officials up to five days before they start moving cars. "We are gonna keep it under observation until we know that it is clear and safe," Jack said.
The Meridian Public Safety Director Buck Roberts wanted to make it clear that the huge hole was not a sinkhole. He told The Meridian Star that the collapsed ground was not the result of a sinkhole. "You can call it what you want, a cave-in or whatever, but it is not a sinkhole," Roberts said.
Unfortunately, that IHOP had just opened earlier that week. The ground gobbled a mouth full of cars but its unsure if the restaurant will attract as many customers ready to devour their chocolate chip pancakes.