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Los Angeles Oil Spill: 10,000 Gallons of Crude Oil Spills Onto Streets

By Eric Zerkel
Published: May 19, 2014

The Los Angeles Fire Department said that some 10,000 gallons of crude oil spilled into the streets of a Los Angeles area suburb after an oil pipe burst overnight. The pipe ruptured in the Glendale area, in Atwater Village around midnight local time, spewing so much oil into the streets that it was reportedly knee deep in some areas. USA Today reports that the total area affected by the spill is roughly a half-mile in size.

After the spill was reported around midnight, the oil line was remotely shut off, stopping the torrent of oil from pumping out into the streets. But not before oil shot more than 20 feet into the air, causing around 10,000 gallons of oil to run amuck in Atwater Village, forcing the evacuation of a strip club and inundating a few other local businesses, according to the Associated Press.

Crews from an environmental cleaning company worked overnight to contain and clean the spill. Most of the oil has been vacuumed up as of Thursday morning and streets were cleansed using high-pressure hoses, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.

Two people were transferred to a local hospital, but the extent of their injuries is unknown at this time.

The city issued a statement late in the day saying remaining oil may cause extreme odors, and it warned people who live in the area to keep their homes well-ventilated to lessen any irritation or health problems.

A Los Angeles Fire Department spokesperson told the Associated Press that there was "no visible evidence" that any of the oil had leaked into storm drains, which empty into the Los Angeles River.

This is a breaking news story. Check back for more information as the story progresses.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.

A crew member helps sob up the remains of about 10,000 gallons of crude oil in the Atwater Village section of Los Angeles.(AP Photo/Nick Ut )


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