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10,000 Gallons Of Oil Spill On LA Streets

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Atwater Village, CA -

From Bob DeCastro:

Some 10,000 gallons of crude spilled into the streets in an Atwater Village industrial area.

The above-ground pipe is located next to a strip club in the 5100 block of West San Fernando Road called The Gentleman's Club, where around 10 patrons and some staff members were evacuated as a result of the spill.

Many patrons were unable to get to their cars. The oil was "knee high" in some places, said a fire department spokesman.

The leak came from a valve of a 20-inch pipe. It was reported around. 12:15 a.m. and prompted notifications to two state agencies. The rupture turned the pipe into a geyser, with crude flying 30 feet into the air.

Two people were taken to area hospitals after complaining of nausea from the fumes. Fire officials say it will take hazmat crews 24 hours to clean up, and it poses no threat to the environment.

(FOX 11 / AP) Crews sopped up the remains of about 10,000 gallons of crude oil that sprayed into Los Angeles streets and onto buildings early Thursday after a high-pressure pipe burst.

A geyser of crude spewed 20 feet high over approximately half a mile at about 12:15 a.m. and was knee-high in some parts of the industrial area of Atwater Village before the oil line was remotely shut off, said Fire Capt. Jaime Moore.

A handful of commercial businesses near the border of Glendale was affected, as well as a strip club that was evacuated.

Firefighters and hazardous materials crews responded. Several roads were closed.

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

By dawn, an environmental cleaning company had vacuumed up most of the oil. Crews put down absorbent material to sop up the remaining crude and then used high-pressure hoses to wash the streets with a soap solution.

Officials previously said 50,000 gallons had spilled but that number was revised downward after the vacuuming began.

Fire Department spokesman Erik Scott said there was no "visible evidence" that the oil entered storm drains, which empty into the Los Angeles River. But he said it's possible that some oil seeped under manhole covers.

The 20-inch pipe burst at a transfer pumping station along a pipeline that runs from Bakersfield to Texas, Moore said.

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