Flash Mob Car Show Descends on Burbank

A flash-mob car show packed the parking lot of a major Burbank shopping center Tuesday night, causing traffic on Interstate 5 to back up as exhibitors, mostly in their 20s, showed off their modified imports.

The social media-driven gathering took place outside of Burbank's Krispy Kreme shop, filling up the entire parking lot of the Empire Center. Thousands of people - and modified cars - showed up for the peaceful gathering, Burbank police estimated.

Ricardo Manriquez, a car owner and participant, said he was stunned by the size of the flash mob.

"It's real big," he said. "I never thought it would be this huge whatsoever."

The event was scheduled to begin at 9 p.m., but it started much earlier - the parking lot was completely full at about 7 p.m., and the Burbank Boulevard off-ramp on the I-5 was shut down to prevent more cars from entering the area.

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