06/18/2013 06:47 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

D.C. Sinkhole Reportedly Swallows Car, Though Later Accounts Are Less Dramatic (PHOTOS)

It's bad enough when a sinkhole is merely fouling up D.C. traffic. This is much, much worse:

This tweet inspired quite a bit of (understandable) panic on the internet:

As well as at least one funny/reasonable observation:

But photos from the scene show something that is, thankfully, pretty undramatic:

This more low-key take was confirmed by authorities, and, in turn, appreciated by Washingtonians:

Just after 6 p.m., WNEW reported that a tow struck was trying to remove the car from the 3-foot by 7-foot hole in a parking lot on M Street NW.

George Hawkins, general manager of the DC Water and Sewer Authority, told The Huffington Post at 6:20 p.m. that the agency is "investigating as we speak, but I do not have a report back yet. The report I have is that this is a sinkhole in a parking lot. I have seen pictures, but am awaiting further information."

It did not take awaiting to be sure, as WNEW reported, that sinkhole-related traffic delays were to be expected.

Meantime, remember in 2010 when a sinkhole really did swallow a car up the street in Chevy Chase, Md.?

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