Fire Department struggles as 50,000 gallons of oil spills onto Los Angeles-area street

LOS ANGELES, Calif. – The Los Angeles Fire Department reports a ruptured oil pipe has spilled about 50,000 U.S. gallons (190,000 litres) of crude oil onto streets in a suburb of the city.

According to a Fire Department release, the leak from a 20-inch (50-cms) pipe was reported just after midnight local time in Glendale and the oil line was remotely shut off. No injuries were reported.

Police say oil spilled over approximately half a mile (800 metres) and is knee-high in some areas. Hazardous materials crews are on the scene.

A handful of commercial businesses are affected, including a strip club that was evacuated.