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LA streets covered in 'river of oil'

Approximately 10,000 gallons of crude oil has leaked onto the streets of Los Angeles after a high-pressure pipe burst.

It is believed to have covered a half-mile area and is knee deep in some areas.

Locals have tweeted pictures of the flowing oil on the streets:

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Burst pipe sprays crude oil over streets of Los Angeles

Approximately 10,000 gallons of crude oil sprayed on to the streets of Los Angeles after a high-pressure pipe burst. The oil was seen shooting up into the sky and onto streets and nearby businesses.

The oil spill happened at 1am local time in Los Angeles. Credit: NBC News

The Los Angeles fire department says the spill covered a half-mile area and is knee deep in some areas.

Oil seen running down the street in Los Angeles. Credit: NBC News

No injuries have been reported.

Honey, I'm stuck in traffic! Lorry overturns on motorway

Commuters were put in a sticky situation when a lorry carrying 42,000 lbs of honey tipped over in Los Angeles yesterday, leaking the foodstuff all over a motorway.

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Traffic: MT @juliesone Big rig w/ 42,000 lbs of honey overturned NB 605 at 60 fwy in City of Industry http://t.co/6nwePbKFYE #SGV

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The driver reportedly escaped uninjured after the incident yesterday and no other vehicles were involved in the crash in Caltrans, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Motorists were urged to avoid the area as the incident shut down four lanes while workers cleared up the mess, NBC LA reported.

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Some 1,000 homes evacuated in California wildfires

About 1,000 homes have been evacuated as a wildfire sweeps through a national forest some 30 miles from central Los Angeles, NBC News reports.

A car drives away from the Colby Fire in hills above Glendora, California
A car drives away from the Colby Fire in hills above Glendora, California Credit: REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

The blaze has grown rapidly, fanned by strong gusts of wind, to cover 1,700 acres.

A home falls victim to the Colby Fire in Glendora
A home falls victim to the Colby Fire in Glendora Credit: REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

Police in the city of Glendora police say they believe an out-of-control camp fire may be to blame and have arrested two people in connection.

The US Forest Service detained one person near the origin of the fire, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

A fire crew climbs a hill at the Colby Fire
A fire crew climbs a hill at the Colby Fire Credit: REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

Los Angeles airport gunman enters 'not guilty' plea

Paul Anthony Ciancia, 23, has pleaded not guilty to all charges.
Paul Anthony Ciancia, 23, has pleaded not guilty to all charges. Credit: FBI

The man accused of opening fire at Los Angeles International Airport, killing a federal security screener wounding three other people in November, has pleaded not guilty to all charges in the 11-count indictment.

In addition to a single count of murder and two counts of attempted murder of federal officers, Ciancia was indicted on four counts of committing an act of violence at an international airport and four counts of firearms offences.

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