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Sinkhole collapses part of Corvette Museum in Ky.

Updated Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014 | 6:36 a.m.

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) — A sinkhole collapsed part of the National Corvette Museum in Kentucky on Wednesday, damaging at least six cars there but not shutting down the facility.

Bowling Green city spokeswoman Kim Lancaster said the hole opened up at about 5:40 a.m. CST Wednesday, setting off an alarm and a call to the fire department.

The hole is in part of the domed section of the museum, and that area will remain closed. That's an original part of the facility for which was completed in 1994.

Lancaster said information is still being gathered about what exactly happened, but this appears to be the first incident of its kind at the property. Bowling Green sits in the midst of the state's largest karst region — the Western Pennyroyal area, where many of Kentucky's longest and deepest caves run underground. A karst display distinctive surface features, including sinkholes.

No injuries were reported in the incident.

Messages left for a spokesman for the museum and a museum board member were not immediately returned Wednesday morning.

The museum is set to host the 2014 Corvette Caravan in September, a celebration marking the 20th anniversary of the museum.

Although the event is still a year away, 1,200 people already are registered for the 2014 Corvette Caravan that will mark the 20th anniversary of the National Corvette Museum. Museum officials expect car clubs from all 50 states and Canada to converge on Bowling Green for the celebration.

Bowling Green, Ky., is also the lone place where General Motors builds the iconic Corvette.