A ruptured oil pipe near the city of Glendale, Los Angeles County, caused a massive leak as 10,000 gallons of crude oil spilled onto streets, the Los Angeles Fire Department said.
The leak from a 20-inch pipe first came in at 12:15 a.m. local time. Officials remotely shut off the oil line, said the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD). The oil spill covered a half-mile area, and is knee deep in some spots.
LA Battalion Chief David Spence said the line ran from California’s main oil-producing region near Bakersfield to a storage facility in Long Beach. It remains unclear if any of the refineries at the facility, including those run by Phillips 66, Valero and Tesoro would end up affected by the disruption.
“We are on hand vacuuming up the spilled oil, mopping up what’s left behind and pressure washing the area with a soap solution,” said Captain Jamie Moore, a public information officer with the LAFD. The cleanup should take a full day.
The leak, which sprung near 5175 W. San Fernando Rd., affected some commercial businesses. Four people at a nearby business evacuated with respiratory complaints, and two people went to the hospital, a fire official said.
Gushes of oil were spurting 20-feet into the air, cascading down on a nearby business. Vehicles within the immediate vicinity of the business suffered damage.
The incident shut down a section of the Atwater Village area of the city, and The Department of Transportation is assisting with traffic.
California saw its worst oil spill in 1969, when an estimated 80,000 to 100,000 barrels of crude spilled into the Santa Barbara Channel, off the coast of the city of Santa Barbara. It remains the third largest oil spill in the US and the biggest to have occurred in the waters off California.