HAWTHORNE, Calif. (AP) — Thirty-seven Los Angeles-area families have been displaced from their homes for three days because of a methane gas leak.
LA County fire Capt. Brian Jordan tells the Los Angeles Times (http://lat.ms/1eBYAW8 ) Sunday that crews have been working since Thursday to cap the leak found when a water company was trying to cap a well on Imperial Highway in Hawthorne.
Jordan says contractors found an unexpected outflow of water, and tests showed methane gas had mixed with the water. Surrounding homes were evacuated and the residents have been staying in hotels.
Golden State Water Co. has hired a well-capping company to control the water and gas mixture that is leaking at about 3,000 gallons per minute.
Officials are unsure what caused the leak or how long it will take to control.
Information from: Los Angeles Times, http://www.latimes.com