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Wednesday 3 September 2014

Oil clean-up after knee-deep spill

Published 15/05/2014 | 11:52

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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.

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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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