TikTok’s Tunnel Girl- And Why She is Being Investigated

By: Lauren | Published: Jan 18, 2024

A TikToker who goes by @engineer.everything has generated more than half a million followers with her awe-inspiring home improvement projects.

Her most famous project, a ginormous tunnel in her backyard, has caught the attention of the authorities. However, in order to investigate, they first needed to find out who is tunnel girl and where is she building this presumably illegal tunnel.

Tunnel Girl’s Quick Rise to Fame

The mysterious @engineer.everything on TikTok has posted videos of her home improvement projects for years. She proudly shows her followers how to DIY almost any construction project imaginable.

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Screenshot of the TikTok homepage of @engineer.everything

Source: @engineer.everything/TikTok

But it was her impressive tunnel that made the TikToker go viral and gain hundreds of thousands of followers.

The Secret Tunnel

The “secret tunnel,” as she calls it, is incredibly deep and long, and while executed well, many of the 7.6 million people who have viewed her work have questions.

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Screenshots of a TikTok video by @engineer.everything

Source: @engineer.everything/TikTok

First and foremost, people wonder if the 22-foot-deep tunnel is safe, and others wonder if it’s even legal.

Someone Called the Authorities on Tunnel Girl

Of course, most of her TikTok followers have no idea where she lives, as she only calls herself Kala and never mentions even the name of the state where she resides.

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Screenshot of @engineer.everything’s TikTok homepage

Source: @engineer.everything/TikTok

However, someone somehow found out where the tunneler lives and called the local authorities to report her.

Tunnel Girl Supposedly Lives in Herndon, Virginia

FOX 5 news recently reported that they received an email from authorities in Herndon, Virginia, claiming that they were told the woman building the famous tunnel lives in their town.

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Photograph of Herndon, Virginia with the words “Herndon, Virginia” in large letters

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The email stated, “As is standard protocol following such notifications, representatives from the building official’s and zoning administrator’s offices conducted a site inspection on Thursday, Dec. 7, 2023” (via Yahoo).

'Kala' Has Been Identified

The email from Herndon went on to say, “The town is working with the property owner to correct any violations and ensure that the property is safe and in compliance with the code.”

Screenshot of a TikTok video by @engineer.everything

Source: @engineer.everything/TikTok

But while it’s clear that the local authorities have identified “Kala” the tunnel girl, they have not released any of her personal information such as her last name or even the neighborhood where she lives.

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The Media Went Looking for Kala

Apparently, FOX 5 also received a tip as to the exact location of Kala’s home and tunnel project.

FOX 5 reporter heads to tunnel girl’s home in Herndon, Virginia

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However, when they went to the home, Kala wasn’t there and the woman who answered the door wouldn’t answer any questions on the matter, other than to confirm that it was in fact Kala’s place of residence.

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Several of Kala’s Neighbors Have Answered Questions Anonymously

During their investigation, FOX 5 was able to speak to several of Kala’s neighbors, and although they chose to remain anonymous, they did have a few interesting things to say.

Woman speaks to FOX 5 about her neighbor, Kala the Tunnel Girl

Source: @FOX5/YouTube

One neighbor told the press, “It’s kind of crazy. Kind of funny, not going to lie. But definitely I have some concerns with whatever she is doing and like, the area around us is soil and whatnot. Just making sure she’s not damaging the properties around.”

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Tunnel Girl Responds to Rumors Her Project Has Been Shut Down

With Kala’s story now making headline news, many of her followers were wondering exactly what happened when the authorities showed up at her house, and most importantly, if she had to stop building her famous tunnel.

Screenshot of a TikTok video by @engineer.everything

Source: @engineer.everything/TikTok

So Kala made a video explaining exactly what happened. She said on TikTok, “They did give me a stop work order,” and that the project needed an immediate evaluation by a professional engineer.

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The Tunnel Is Paused Until Kala Can Secure the Correct Permits

At the end of the video clip, Kala explains that she thinks it’s going to be quite easy to get the permits and approvals she needs to continue building her tunnel.

Screenshot of a TikTok video by @engineer.everything

Source: @engineer.everything/TikTok

However, while Kala is certainly hopeful and believes that she has followed the necessary building codes to be approved, the rest of the world isn’t nearly as confident.

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Kala’s TikTok Followers Respond to Her Current Dilemma

Some of Kala’s TikTok followers have responded to the shutdown of the tunnel with words of support and encouragement, but others have noted that the DIY queen doesn’t fully understand how challenging it is to get the permits she needs.

Screenshot of the comment section from a TikTok video by @engineer.everything

Source: @engineer.everything/TikTok

One follower wrote, “Kala has NO idea what’s coming for her when that many professionals [say to] her ‘immediately,’ but the acreage wait times are weeks/months.”

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Who Is Tunnel Girl?

So, who is the tunnel girl? Well, the world still doesn’t know for sure. But everyone now does know that she lives in Herndon, Virginia, and that local authorities have inspected her viral tunnel.

Screenshot of a TikTok video by @engineer.everything

Source: @engineer.everything/TikTok

And her half a million followers are desperately waiting for her to get the permits she needs to continue building her tunnel and get back to making the videos they all know and love.

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