Thousands of Litres of Crude Oil Spill in Los Angeles

By Mario Aguilar on at

As many as 189,270 litres of crude oil spilled onto the streets of Los Angeles early this morning when a 20-inch pipeline ruptured. According to the Los Angeles Fire Department, the oil is knee-deep in places.

The LAFD says that 50,000 gallons (189,270.59 litres) spilled. The latest AP report says only 10,000 gallons (around 38,000 litres).

The above image was posted to Newsreel TV's Twitter account, and supposedly shows the aftermath of the rupture. Newsreel has posted a three minute clip of footage, which shows hazmat crews scrambling as oil shoots into the air like water from a geyser.

The spill has reportedly been remotely shut off, and according to the AP, most of the oil has been vacuumed up. It appears no one was hurt in the accident.

We're assembling details as quickly as we can, and will post more on this story as it unfolds.