Gas Leak in Southern California Prompts Evacuation of Homes; No Injuries Reported

(P&GJ) — In the early hours of Thursday, a natural gas leak from an underground pipeline necessitated the evacuation of a residential neighborhood in Southern California, The Associated Press (AP) reported.

The incident occurred in unincorporated West Whittier, situated approximately 10 miles southeast of downtown Los Angeles, and lasted for more than six hours.

Upon detecting the leak at approximately 1:30 a.m., Southern California Gas Co. identified its source as a 3-inch (7.6-centimeter) gas line, according to AP. Repair crews were swiftly dispatched to address the issue, as stated in a press release by the company. Approximately 75 individuals were relocated to an evacuation center, which had been established at a nearby school.

Craig Little, a spokesperson for the Los Angeles County Fire Department, conveyed that residents were permitted to return to their homes around 8 a.m., and fortunately, no injuries were reported. The exact cause of the gas leak remained subject to investigation, according to Little.

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