A pipeline break caused around 50,000 gallons of crude oil to spill over a half-mile area in Los Angeles on Thursday, the city fire department said.

The pipeline was shut off remotely.

The break shut down a section of the Atwater Village area of the city, a local NBC affiliate reported.

“Oil is knee-high in some areas. A handful of commercial businesses are affected,” the fire department said.

The rupture in the 20-inch above-ground pipeline happened at a pumping station in an industrial area near San Fernando Road in Atwater Village.

The break sent crude oil shooting 30 feet into the air, NPR reported.

No injuries have been reported.

The pipeline operator has not been named yet.


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