A spherical vault beneath the Taco Bell drive-thru

A bizarre spherical vault that recently appeared in a Taco Bell drive-thru is defying physical laws. How it came to be and whether it will stick around are both currently unknown.

The mystery object in question appeared in a Taco Bell drive-thru in Charlotte, North Carolina on July 9. The image, posted on Twitter by a local man named Justin McNeal, shows a small, black object that seems to be floating just above the ground. It has an indistinct gray sphere at its center, surrounded by what appear to be metal rings and spokes that jut out from the sphere.

The first reports of the object emerged on July 9, when McNeal tweeted a photo of the object with the caption, “This is my taco bell sighting from yesterday at the drive thru.” He added a second tweet to say, “My buddy found this. I’m still trying to figure out how it got there.”

The object was picked up by the rumor mill after a couple of people tweeted the photo and wondered if it was real. 

UPDATE: On July 14, 2015, the object that appeared in the Taco Bell drive-thru turned out to be nothing more than a small ball of metal with a hole in it, according to a statement released by Taco Bell.

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