But Fire Capt. Jamie Moore told the Los Angeles Times a complete clean up would take at least 24 hours. He said workers would use large sponges to remove oil not reachable by hoses leading to tanker trucks, and would follow that by hosings of soapy water to remove anything left.
The break in a pipeline carrying crude oil occurred at about 1 a.m. in the Atwater Village neighborhood. By the time the pipeline was shut down an estimated 10,000 gallons had spewed out.
The fire department originally estimated the size of the spill at 50,000 gallons. Moore said even the smaller amount was enough to create a large geyser of oil that gathered substantial ponds of oil that were 4-feet deep in spots.
"It looked like a lake," he said.
The Gentlemen's Club near the pipeline break was evacuated, and 10 cars remained stuck in the parking lot. Two people at a nearby medical center were taken to a hospital after complaining of nausea.