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Mystery blob eating downtown
By Dana Bartholomew, Staff Writer



A mysterious black blob attacked downtown Los Angeles on Monday with a tar-like goo that oozed from manholes, buckled a street and unmoored a Raymond Chandler-era brick building, firefighters said.
About 200 residents were forced to flee as a hazardous materials team and dozens of firefighters worked throughout the day to identify what was first deemed "a black tarry substance" and later morphed into a "watery mud."

While outside temperatures struggled to break 60, sidewalks in the vicinity steamed at 103 degrees, Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Ron Myers said.

"It's worrisome in the fact that it will keep the street closed and residents will be evacuated till the building is considered safe," Myers said.

Firefighters were alerted at 3 a.m. by complaints of a sewer-like smell at an apartment house at 1220 S. Olive St. near Pico Boulevard, but found nothing.

They returned at 1 p.m. to find a Slimer-like ooze lurking beneath central Los Angeles.

"We were called back because there was a gooey substance, a tarry-type substance, coming out the underground electrical vaults, out of manhole covers in the street, through the sidewalks and possibly in one older apartment building," Myers said.

A 120-foot stretch of Olive buckled 1 1/2 feet, he said. The pre-1933 unreinforced masonry apartment building shifted one foot from its foundation. Sidewalks were as hot as Jacuzzis.

And a pressurized liquid shot from every street orifice located above what used to be a historic oil field downtown.

No one was injured in what amounted to a black lagoon. Hazmat and Urban Search and Rescue crews determined that the mysterious substance wasn't flammable, Myers said.

"Incident commanders are evaluating some form of drilling operation one or two blocks away as the possible cause," he added.

"They told us to get out from the building, because, probably, I don't know, anything could happen. The basement was flooding," resident Mary Robles told KABC-TV, Channel 7.

By late afternoon, the American Red Cross had set up an evacuation center for the 150 adults and 50 children forced to flee the stuff of nightmares.

"We're opening a shelter," said Nick Samaniego, spokesman for the Red Cross of Greater Los Angeles. "We're looking for a place to put them."

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Speaking of slime:


BERLIN (Reuters) - A Bavarian village was flooded by liquid pig manure after a tank containing the fertilizer burst, German police said Wednesday.

Sewage rose to 20 inches in the courtyards and streets of Elsa after gushing from the tank, which held some 240,000 litres of pig manure.

"The village was swamped with green-brown liquid and it was pig manure -- the mother-of-all muck," said Rainer Prediger, a police spokesman in the nearby town of Coburg.


I didn't make this one up!
 

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I'm ashamed that you guys thought I'd make this up!:p
Anyways, here's the latest update.
If you ask me, and no one did, this update SCREAMS "cover up".:ninja:
But, here's the official story, such as it is:




Oil Buckles Street and Damages Building
Apartments are evacuated after a nearby petroleum operation apparently causes black goo to bubble up from underground.
By Bob Pool, Times Staff Writer


They struck oil Monday at an apartment house in downtown Los Angeles. But residents were not in a celebratory mood.

The black, tar-like substance that oozed into the basement of the three-story Iris Apartments forced authorities to red-tag the 99-year-old building and evacuate its 130 occupants.

The 1200 block of South Olive Street was also shut down when its pavement suddenly began to bulge and the oily liquid bubbled from cracks and manhole covers.

Families grabbed what they could and fled to a parking lot across the street from the brick apartment building and watched as Department of Water and Power, Gas Co. and city sanitation workers huddled with police and firefighters trying to figure out where the steaming-hot liquid was coming from.

By midafternoon South Olive Street seemed ready to deliver a gusher.

"The street looked like it was about to pop. Everybody sort of stepped back and said, 'Whoa!' " said fire Capt. Al Gonzales. "Then we put two and two together."

Authorities remembered that there's a petroleum drilling site two blocks from the apartment building. When they checked there, they discovered that workers were injecting high-pressure hot water into old wells to extract leftover crude oil.

When the St. James Oil Co. halted the hot water pumping, the bulge in the street began to subside and the flow of oily liquid quickly slowed.

But residents remained locked out of the 35-unit apartment building, which was constructed in 1907.

They said they first noticed a pungent odor shortly after midnight.

"It smelled like a sewer," said resident Alejandra Canchola, a 14-year-old ninth-grader.

Neighbor Rufina Urbano, 36, who lives in the building with her husband, Julio Baltazar, and daughter, Crystal Baltazar, 3, was awakened by the smell. "I was afraid there might be an explosion," she said.

"The smell gave me a headache. So I said let's go," said Baltazar, 31, a garment worker who has lived on the building's third floor for 10 years.

The trio planned to spend Monday night with Urbano's sister in El Sereno. Others were taken to a Red Cross shelter set up at Santee High School, said Jerome Thierry, a Red Cross representative.

Resident Daniel Bolanes, 13, took only his school backpack and a vibrant green pet iguana named Tiha. He was hoping to get back inside his unit to retrieve a Monopoly board game. "We're getting bored," said the seventh-grader.

Daniel said he peeked into the basement before evacuating and saw its floor covered with several inches of the oily substance. "It smelled like the La Brea Tar Pits," he said.

Fire officials said the building would remain off limits to residents until it could be inspected by city building and safety experts. They said the 160-degree water, injected into the oil wells at a pressure of 1,200 pounds per square inch, might have undermined its foundation.

Fire Department spokesman Ernie Bobadilla said that while the St. James Oil Co. is the only petroleum firm nearby that has a permit to operate, "there are a multitude of old pipelines in the ground here."

A worker at the company's leased site at 1325 S. Broadway said he was not authorized to comment on the incident. The firm's main office in Laguna Hills was closed Monday.

Officials indicated that portions of South Olive Street near the apartment building may have to be excavated to determine the extent of subterranean damage. The oily water could also be seen bubbling through the pavement at the intersection of Olive and Pico Boulevard.
 

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I still hold out hope that it's the long dead spirit of a Carpathian warlord, who's living in a painting.:jol:
 

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Also, this all happened right around the corner from the fire station where they filmed the interiors for the Ghostbuster movies!:D :cool:
 
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