(SOURCE) A massive sinkhole opened up in front of a new IHOP in Meridian, Mississippi, Saturday, startling both diners and employees.
Witnesses reportedly heard a series of booms before the power went out and the sinkhole began to open up, reports WDAM.
The cause of the sinkhole is unknown at this time, but rain in the area may have contributed.
WTOK reports that officials were called out to the scene around 7:17 p.m. and an estimated 15 vehicles were swallowed by the sinkhole.
“We received a call earlier this evening of a sinkhole opening up at the new IHOP restaurant,” Meridian Fire Department Chief Battalion Wayne Cook told WTOK. “Upon arrival, we found multiple vehicles in the ditch. At this time, we are trying to stabilize this and keep everyone away.”
The hole is roughly 50 feet wide and extends from the front of the restaurant to Sowashee Creek, nearly 600 feet away.
Cook says an investigation will begin Sunday.
No injuries have been reported at this time.