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Vandalism may have caused natural gas leak in Playa del Rey

Vandalism may have caused natural gas leak in Playa del Rey
The Los Angeles Police Department bomb squad leaves the gas storage facility in Playa del Rey. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)

A natural gas leak Monday at a storage facility in Playa del Rey may have been caused by vandals, authorities said.

The leak was reported around 12:30 a.m. at a natural gas storage well at 8100 Falmouth Ave., Southern California Gas Co. spokeswoman Trisha Nuse told KTLA-TV.

Hazmat crews with the Los Angeles Fire Department, along with gas company workers, responded to the scene. A Los Angeles Police Department bomb squad was also called in to assess the situation.

The gas was turned off at 3:50 a.m. and no one was injured, Nuse said.

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A preliminary investigation indicated the gas leak was caused by vandalism, officials said.

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