Gas Leak Prompts 2 Schools to Evacuate near Downtown
Ralph Bunche & Animo Justice Charter High Schools have been evacuated this morning after "reports of strong smell of natural gas in the area," according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. Officials believe the natural gas leak's source is around 14th and Long Beach, just south of downtown, but the smell is being reported as far as 27th street and near the schools to the West. Both of those schools are close to USC, but there are no reports of the college taking precaution yet. The LA Fire Department is on scene, but as of 10:18 a.m., they still had not found the source. Five patients were assessed at the scene with one of them, a 14-year-old teenager, who was transported to the hospital with asthma-like symptoms.