DOWNEY (CBSLA) — A natural gas leak was reported in Downey Thursday afternoon prompting temporary evacuations in the area.
At approximately 10:34 a.m., SoCalGas crews received reports of a damaged natural gas line in the vicinity of 7800 Stewart and Gray Road.READ MORE: Thousands Attend Procession Carrying Remains Of 20-Year-Old Lance Cpl. Kareem Nikoui, Killed In Kabul, To Riverside Mortuary
An emergency alert was sent to many southland residents’ mobile devices around 12:40 p.m.
The Downey Fire Department later said they have a new system for emergency alerts that was being tested Thursday. When they sent the alert for the gas leak, the parameters were not set correctly in the new system and it went to the whole county instead of just Downey residents.
According to SoCalGas, the damage appeared to have been caused by a third-party contractor working in the area.
People are being advised to avoid the area.READ MORE: Robert Durst, New York Real Estate Scion, Convicted Of 1st Degree Murder In Death Of Longtime Friend Susan Berman
IQ Air said while air quality is still being reported as “good,” people should close windows and doors, run an air purifier, and avoid going outside.
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While air quality is still being reported as "good," be sure to:
✔️Close windows and doors
✔️Run an air purifier
✔️Avoid the outdoors pic.twitter.com/4nlfItPomc
— IQAir (@IQAir) April 22, 2021