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Saturday's Fuel Tanker Spill Did Not Destroy the LA River

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Saturday's gas spill/fireball in the Elysian Valley may be wreaking havoc on area freeways, but it looks like the LA River may have dodged a bullet. Yesterday Eastsider LA reported that the LA River Recreation Zone and part of the bike path along the river were closed while officials assessed the damage and prepared to clean up. But this afternoon Los Angeles magazine heard from the state Department of Fish and Wildlife that tests of the river water indicated the damage wasn't too terrible and that the river was "very lucky." "There's virtually no environmental damage to the river. Gasoline burns incredibly hot, and so the huge majority of that 7,500 gallons was burned up immediately."
· Tanker fire and fuel spill shuts down L.A. River recreation area [ELA]
· Overturned Gasoline Tanker Leaves the L.A. River in Flames, CDFW Reports Little Damage [LA Mag]