Los Angeles oil pipe spill: ‘Knee-deep’ oil in streets

by The Daily Lede

Los Angeles oil pipe spill: ‘Knee-deep’ oil in streets

An oil pipe in Los Angeles has broken, spilling an estimated 10,000 gallons (38,000 litres) of oil in the streets, the LA Fire Department (LAFD) says.

Crude oil spread into an area of about half a mile (0.8km), with earlier reports of oil “knee high in some areas”, the LAFD added in a statement.

The oil line was remotely shut off, and by 0600 local time (1400 BST) most of the oil had been vacuumed.

Four people reported breathing problems and two went to hospital.

A few commercial businesses were affected and a strip club was evacuated.

The above-ground oil pipe broke in the early hours of Thursday near San Fernando Road, a major road in Los Angeles.