LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – A large puddle of tar encroached on the sidewalk and natural gas appeared to rise from the street of the Miracle Mile in Los Angeles Friday.

CBSLA’s Brittany Hopper was standing near the puddle located across the street from The La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, a national natural landmark where tar has been seeping up from the ground for tens of thousands of years.

When CBSLA reached out to the Los Angeles Police Department, they said they were unaware of the situation.

The Page Museum, who reportedly runs the tar pits, has not been in contact regarding the situation.

As of Saturday morning, it was unclear if and when crews would begin to stop the tar from seeping out further.

And on Saturday, more seepage. Enough to draw the interests of tourists and residents alike.

CBS2’s Jake Reiner said tourists and residents alike have been coming to the area marveling at the bubbling tar.

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Resident Natalie Vota stopped to document it Friday and Saturday.

“This is the worst I’ve seen,” she said Saturday.

But the tourists — like Rick Stahl from the Pacific Northwest  — had one more story to tell when he gets back home.

“We’re from Seattle,” Stahl said, “and you don’t see this oozing out of the streets. It’s amazing.”

That sentiment was echoed by tourist Don Van Cleave from Nashville.

Reiner asked him if he thought he’d be smelling tar this day?

“Mission accomplished. I can check that off my list as a tourist of LA.”

Saturday evening, locals told KCAL9’s Jeff Nguyen that they have become quite accustomed to seeing tar oozing up through the sidewalks — just not this much of it.

“I’ve lived here for about 20 years,” said Andrea Ross-Greene, “and this is the worst it’s ever been.”

Miracle Mile resident Matthew Kogan concurred.

“You see a little bit of tar oozing up between the pavement,” Kogan says, “all over the neighborhood. That’s not unusual but this seems to be flow tar. I’ve never seen this before.”

Not to mention the constant hissing sound coming from the ground — it’s methane.

“I can smell it. I thought a car broke its oil pan out here,” says Patrick Myer.

Comments (80)
  1. Most likely not natural gas……probably methane. STAY BACK!!

    1. Elena George says:

      Methane is a clear, colorless, odorless gas in its natural state. We add mercaptan to it as a non-toxic stink to get our attn to attend a gas leak. If you can smell it, it’s not methane. It’s probably volatile elements with sulfur in the tar.

      Besides, the tar is probably the only thing holding the ground together out there in earthquake land!

  2. Jennifer Francis says:

    It’s Mount Wilshire! Just like in the movie Volcano! this is how it all starts…..

    1. Michael Rowland says:

      I thought the same thing. Obviously “something” has changed.

  3. Anyone that does not think this will turn into a monumental problem is insane- like everything else they will hide it, ignore it, act like it doesn’t matter….but it will wait and see.

  4. Saw this on Drudge. Went to http://www.PressCalifornia.com for more real California news. It’s a gas.

    1. slow day with a doobie ehh?

  5. Jeanne Prokop King says:

    They were going to fix the roads and leaks, but decided to give illegals healthcare instead.

  6. rho1953 says:

    Please, God. Take California.

  7. Call the Beverly Hillbillies, bubbling crude, black gold! this is right up Jethro Bodines alley

  8. Ken Charbonneau says:

    Typical Californians. The logical thing is to pump it out and sell it by the barrel.

  9. Maybe soon the population of California will be running over the border to Mexico. LOL As for whoever will be left, Learn to swim, Learn to swim, Learn to swim.

  10. Sharon Hess Rich says:

    “The Page Museum, who reportedly runs the tar pits,” Do you not know for sure who “runs the tar pits?” Can’t you, as a reporter, find out such things?

  11. Chris McClelland says:

    Watch the Tommy lee Jones movie Volcano. Be prepared. Be safe. something is changing.

  12. The LAPD has announced a general alert for citizens to be on the look out for Dire Wolves and Sabre Tooth Tigers. They are said to be hungry and looking for the usual suspects.

  13. Robin Bolden says:

    Actually, another brilliantly researched piece of journalism. Tar is a man-made substance. This is actually another substance more closely aligned to asphalt but also resembles tar in its composition. However, it is not tar.

  14. RF Burns says:

    All caused by climate change, no doubt.

  15. Hoping it all slides into the Pacific. I think I represent the majority, so hasta la vista…

  16. Dave Neff says:

    This is “Not Normal.” This is a sign of pressure way down below. Check your water tables, those should be rising too. Cal Tech had no idea of the Whittier Narrows fault until after it cut lose. Ever seen a 20 foot wave of earth roll down a main street in your town? I have! In Costa Mesa, the morning of that quake, filling up my van at 19th and Placentia, transformers popping one after another as the wave rolled down Placentia Ave., on our way to a Bug In in Pomona. The coastal plain of So. Cal is like a piece of shattered glass with sand on top, it will move.

  17. Ken Jorgensen says:

    It’s climate change. Check out the methane gas being emitted by mother earth. The end is near.

  18. Hal Slusher says:

    Everything is fine nothing to worry about.

  19. Gil Stonebarger says:

    with any luck the big one is on it’s way

  20. David Olson says:

    Better call Tommy Lee Jones.

  21. Elmer Smith says:

    Need some Texans to come drill and frack it!

  22. Nature calling, it wants it’s state back from you snowflakes

  23. Broker Rick says:

    Better pump it out from below before it bubbles up. We to remove fossel fuels so they don’t bubble up in many places like oceans. There are more known oil deposits then ever before, enough for hundreds of years.

  24. Ed Cole says:

    This happens in that area from time to time. Nothing really newsy about it. But it’s always worth a chuckle at the redundancy of reading the area referred to as “The La Brea Tar Pits,” since La Brea translates to “The Tar.”

  25. You did not smell natural methane. Methane is a colorless, odorless gas. Nice “journalism”.

  26. paul2531 says:

    They should toss a match on it and let burn off, how bad could it be?

  27. Dryden Wonne says:

    Obviously it is all George Bush’s fault!

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