Monday 22 December 2014

Oil clean-up after knee-deep spill

Published 15/05/2014 | 11:52

Crews mop up the remains of about 10,000 gallons of crude oil in Los Angeles (AP)
Crews mop up the remains of about 10,000 gallons of crude oil in Los Angeles (AP)
Crude oil spewed on to the streets of Los Angeles after a high-pressure pipe burst (AP)

Crews have cleaned up most of the 10,000 gallons of crude oil that sprayed on to Los Angeles streets after a high-pressure pipe burst.

Oil spilled over approximately half a mile and was knee-deep in some parts of the industrial area of Atwater Village near the border of Glendale, according to fire officials.

A handful of commercial businesses were affected, as well as a strip club that was evacuated.

Four people at a medical business were evaluated with respiratory complaints, and two people were transferred to a hospital.

An environmental cleaning company is sopping up the remaining oil and will use high-pressure hoses to wash the streets. Officials previously said 50,000 gallons had spilled.

Fire officials said the pipe burst at a transfer pumping station along a pipeline that runs from Bakersfield to Texas.

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