Palos Verdes Water Pipe Bursts

A 36-inch pipe carrying water from a huge tower in the Palos Verdes Peninsula burst early today, spewing more than half a million gallons down a canyon lined with expensive homes.

Los Angeles County Fire officials and state utilities workers worked through the predawn hours trying to stop the flow from the pipe, which erupted with an explosion about 3:30 a.m. in Rancho Palos Verdes. The pump to the tower was shut off just before 6 a.m., diminishing the flow from 5,000 to 2,000 gallons per minute, and officials began sandbagging the area around Palos Verdes Drive to prevent erosion. No property in the rustic, exclusive area was damaged and no residents were evacuated.

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