Evacuations Ordered After Strange Odor in Downtown LA

Originally published: December 29, 2012
Updated: December 29, 2012 at 11:49 pm
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LOS ANGELES, C.A. — A 500-foot exclusion zone was issued near downtown Los Angeles around the Arts District following reports of a strange odor.

Initial reports said that an ammonia spill was the cause but officials later clarified that there was a chemical leak coming from machinery on a roof at 400 Central Avenue, near the intersection of 4th Street.

A strange odor led city firefighters to downtown Los Angeles Saturday evening.

The indescribable odor was first reported after 7:35 p.m., according to Brian Humphrey of the Los Angeles Fire Department.

An LAFD hazmat team was dispatched to the area and an investigation into the cause of the chemical leak is on-going.

A 500-foot exclusion zone was issued in the area, meaning no one was allowed anywhere within the radius, Humphrey said.

Officials said that there were not any cases of illness, and no one was taken to a hospital.

This is a developing story. Updates as they become available.

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