Employees of an Athens, Georgia car wash got a bit of a scare this month when the ground underneath their business collapsed. Authorities there say a concrete pipe 48 inches in diameter failed causing a hole to open in the ground.
No one was injured but the hole ended up swallowing an ice machine. The incident left a 15-foot wide, 8-foot deep chasm in its wake. Because a pipe caused the problem, authorities say the phenomenon can’t be referred to as a sinkhole.
Baxter Car Wash was roped off the day of the incident. County workers said they would look into whether the pipe failed as part of the stormwater infrastructure. The Athens Banner-Herald reports that the car wash wasn’t harmed, but might have lost some business in the days it had to be shut down. And in the meantime its owners were concerned about how it could be repaired through insurance.