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Pipe bursts, spills 50,000 gallons of oil onto Los Angeles streets

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Thursday, May 15, 2014, 9:16 AM - A massive oil spill in Los Angeles has impacted a handful of commercial businesses in Atwater Village.

According to the Los Angeles Fire Department, a ruptured oil pipe near the suburb of Glendale spilled about 50,000 gallons of crude oil onto streets.

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The leak was reported just after midnight and the oil line was remotely shut off.

Officials say no injuries were reported, but the oil covers a large area and is "knee-high" deep in some places.

Fire Department spokesman Erik Scott says there's no "visible evidence'' that the oil has entered storm drains, which empty into the Los Angeles River, according to The Associated Press. But he says it's possible that the oil has seeped under manhole covers.

Officials say clean up could take at least 24 hours.

Crews are vacuuming up the the oil and will use pressure washers with a soapy solution to remove any remaining oil.

With files from The Associated Press

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