If you've been with us all day, you know that the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, KY was struck by a sinkhole early this morning. The sinkhole, which formed under the museum's well-known Skydome, swallowed up eight cars on display and caused untold dollars in damage. We've shown you the early photos, we've shown you streaming webcam footage and still photos of workers moving other Corvette display cars out of harms way, and now we have security camera footage showing the actual moment when the cavity appeared.

In the dimly lit video below, we see the floor buckle slightly under a row of Corvettes, chiefly under orange and blue examples, with some dust kicking up as a result. The floor appears to hold for a few moments before giving way, swallowing up a pair of cars and revealing the 40-foot sinkhole. Interestingly, subsequently released images of the sinkhole show a wider area of flooring having collapsed than what's on view in this official video, so it appears to end prematurely. Either way, take a look at the literal fallout in our video below, and we'll keep you informed as this story continues to develop.

UPDATE: The National Corvette Museum has just released a few more videos, some taken from a remote-control helicopter, showing the cars that crashed into the sinkhole. Check them out, along with the earlier security cam footage, below.

UPDATE: We've also been in contact with a spokesperson for the NCM, and have learned that all of the cars in the Skydome that were not swallowed by the sinkhole have been evacuated, with two exceptions. Authorities are presently trying to figure out how to safely extract them. We have new pictures of the damage and the remaining cars in our gallery below.











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      TurboZ
      • 1 Year Ago
      Damn as I watched the video all i can say is "RUN LITTLE CORVETTES! RUN!!"
      GR
      • 1 Year Ago
      Good thing it happened when the museum was closed. I'm also wondering why in the world anyone would have audio recording on a camera mounted on a remote-controlled drone. It's pointless as all you can hear are the noisy propellers. Better to mute the mic and sync the video to funeral music.
      Edsel
      • 1 Year Ago
      They were so lucky that this collapse did not happen when the museum was open and crowded with visitors. I think they will need to move the museum to a location without the preponderance of sinkholes. Bowling Green is on top of a very active sink hole area.
        jodie88
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Edsel
        They will probably just employ ground penetrating radar to find any other sinkholes on the premises and fill them up pro-actively.
          razorpit
          • 1 Year Ago
          @jodie88
          Doesn't work like that. Once a sink hole always a sink hole. You may fool yourself for a little bit but it will be back.
      Vinny68
      • 1 Year Ago
      Good thing it didn't happen across the street at the Corvette factory.
      pjtocci
      • 1 Year Ago
      Unbelievable. I have been in that room, back in 1997. Hard to watch!
      j.ziraldo
      • 1 Year Ago
      I have no doubt these cars will be retrieved and restored to pristine condition. There is too much talent around for this not to happen. I think the bigger questions will include how to restore the museum. How far does the cavities extend beyond this hole? What will happen with their insurance costs? Who will want to lend their cars to the museum? What impact will this have on museum attendance?
        robert
        • 1 Year Ago
        @j.ziraldo
        That gold roaster looked like the first to go. Everything started falling on top of it . They might be able to get a couple of them out, but it may be too dangerous. I would say the dome will have to be demolished. They did get the '83 out of danger fast.
        EvilTollMan
        • 1 Year Ago
        @j.ziraldo
        Probably going to be forced to relocate. Or shut the doors and sell off the cars that they do own.
      Ryan Andrew Martin
      • 1 Year Ago
      Not the C6 ZR1!
      carguy1701
      • 1 Year Ago
      Wow.
      Alpachino81
      • 1 Year Ago
      Damnnnnnn.
      autoblogfan
      • 1 Year Ago
      So sad to see perfectly good cars destroyed needlessly.
      Dick Cheney
      • 1 Year Ago
      It'd be interesting to know if any fracking is being done in the area …
        zakgee
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Dick Cheney
        The entrance to mammoth cave is thirty or so miles from the museum, but there are actually around 400 miles of tunnels. It wouldn't surprise me if that had something to do with it.
        imoore
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Dick Cheney
        That crossed my mind, too. I also wonder if this was a former mining site or landfill. Perhaps someone in that area may be familiar with the landscape.
      AlBongo
      • 1 Year Ago
      I look at these videos and pictures, and I wonder, what is the point of a Corvette museum in the first place?
        Niels Marienlund
        • 1 Year Ago
        @AlBongo
        Are you friggin' joking? I'm not a Corvette fan, but the car is historically-significant and very well-loved in every way a car can be.
        CJ_313
        • 1 Year Ago
        @AlBongo
        If you have to ask that question, then why comment here?
          usa1
          • 1 Year Ago
          @CJ_313
          Better yet, if he feels this way, why come to this website?
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