ATWATER VILLAGE (CBSLA.com/AP) — A geyser of oil sprayed onto buildings and puddled in knee-high pools of crude in L.A. streets after a valve on a high-pressure pipeline failed Thursday.
A 20-inch pipe, owned by Plains All American Pipeline, ruptured just before midnight Wednesday in the 5100 block of San Fernando Road, next to a strip club, the Los Angeles Fire Department said.
About 10,000 gallons of oil spewed approximately half a mile across the industrial area of Atwater Village, Fire Capt. Jaime Moore said.
The pipe ruptured due to a leaking valve and sent oil up to as high as 50 feet into the air, CBS2’s Louisa Hodge reported.
KNX 1070’s Margaret Carrero reports Moore said the scene was a mess when crews first arrived.