A series of viral photos have demonstrated the sheer mayhem that the ongoing gas shortage has caused across the United States.
Now, these fuel shortages come after Colonial Pipeline was hit by a ransomware cyber-attack over the weekend.
The operator, which carries 2.5 million barrels of diesel, petrol, and jet fuel across Eastern America per day, took itself offline on Friday after the attack.
On Monday, the FBI officially confirmed that the cyber-criminal gang, DarkSide, was responsible for compromising Colonial Pipeline's networks.
Though the gang has since insisted they "didn't mean to create problems."
"Our goal is to make money and not creating problems for society," DarkSide wrote on its website.
Shortly following the attack, gas prices across the East Coast soared.
The national price at the pump hit $2.985 on Tuesday, the highest level in nearly 6 years, according to AAA.
North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper declared a state of emergency Monday evening...
A move that allowed him to temporarily suspend some fuel regulations in a bid to ensure adequate supply, according to CNN.
Georgia and Virginia quickly followed suit.
Yet, despite President Biden pushing to keep Americans optimistic, as the week has progressed, mayhem has ensued.
Having been left without fuel, East Coast residents have resorted to hoarding, price-gouging, and even fistfights in a desperate attempt to get their hands on the little fuel that remains.
The scenes have been truly apocolyptical...
And, as it always is in these situations, social media has been able to shine a candid and unfiltered light on the chaos.
Take a look for yourselves...
1. A couple is spotted loading their vehicle with several large gas cans.
Why do they need so much gas and where did they find those size gas cans? I know it's a shortage but is this really necessary. pic.twitter.com/UgNWJRCxu1— ACountryGirlWithALILCitySwag (@MsSouthernB4U) May 12, 2021
2. One driver faced online ridicule after he was seen filling 9 blue barrels to the brim with fuel.
3. This Facebook user showed more wasteful barrel loading from his local gas station.
4. A driver can be seen filling what appears to be a jacuzzi-sized container with gas.
5. Some of the more thrifty drivers loaded plastic - and noticeably lidless - bins with fuel. How does she plan on driving home with that in the trunk?
Well that explains the gas shortage pic.twitter.com/VyWgLwl0EI— Keith (@phillyindiefan) May 12, 2021
6. Well, this driver had the initiative to tow his giant fuel barrels home. What could go wrong?
7. This driver was seen encountering a real problem after he filled up one too many gas cans to fit in his trunk.
8. This driver filled up 8 containers of gas for his own personal use. If you're still confused as to why there's a gas shortage, look no further.
9. Cars form a lengthy queue at 1 am at a gas station.
10. Residents can't believe the soaring gas prices.
11. More extreme gas hoarding over on Reddit.
12. A driver in desperate need of fuel was forced to wait and watch on as the man in front loaded up endless gas cans for his own use.
I hate it here. Signed, a person who actually needs gas and is on E. pic.twitter.com/odPTD8XBgc— kati (@katicrosslin) May 12, 2021
13. This Twitter user shared a photo of a closed gas pump while noting people's "crazy" behavior.
As of yesterday, Colonial Pipeline began to slowly restart the nation's fuel pipeline network.
However, it will take several days for the 8,850 km pipeline to return to normal operations, Colonial said, adding that a return to ample supplies could take as long as 2 weeks.
Make sure to stay posted for further updates.