By Steve Gorman and Selam Gebrekidan
LOS ANGELES/NEW YORK (Reuters) - A faulty valve at a petroleum pipeline pump station ruptured early on Thursday in an industrial corner of Los Angeles, spewing crude oil 40 feet into the air, onto the roof of a strip club next door, and leaving four people sick from the fumes.
An estimated 10,000 gallons of oil gushed from the pipeline before it was shut down and the spill was halted, soaking an area about a half-block long, Los Angeles Fire Department Captain Jaime Moore said.
The company that runs the pipeline, Plains All American Pipeline LP, a unit of Plains Pipeline LP, put the volume of the spill at "less than 450 barrels (18,900 gallons)" based on current field inspections.
Firefighters prevented oil from running into storm drains or manhole covers by hastily building a 2 1/2-foot-tall dike of sand fetched from a nearby cement shop, Moore said. MORE