Two Hurt in Los Angeles Blast Following Gas Leak

LOS ANGELES (AP) -
Firefighters douse a fire in Los Angeles Sunday, March 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

Authorities say a 9,000-gallon tanker leaking gasoline caught fire and caused an explosion that injured two people in South Los Angeles.

The fire department says the blast Sunday morning reverberated through storm drains and sent manhole covers into the air.

Dozens of firefighters took about an hour to douse the fire, which sent up a huge plume of smoke visible across the city.

Officials say two people were hospitalized with unknown injuries.

At least two nearby structures were exposed to flames. The extent of the damage isn’t immediately known.

An investigation is underway in the neighborhood about 6 miles south of downtown Los Angeles.