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Vandalism may have caused natural gas leak in Playa del Rey

A natural gas leak Monday at a storage facility in Playa del Rey may have been caused by vandals, authorities said.

The leak was reported around 12:30 a.m. at a natural gas storage well at 8100 Falmouth Ave., Southern California Gas Co. spokeswoman Trisha Nuse told KTLA-TV.

Hazmat crews with the Los Angeles Fire Department, along with gas company workers, responded to the scene. A Los Angeles Police Department bomb squad was also called in to assess the situation.

The gas was turned off at 3:50 a.m. and no one was injured, Nuse said.

A preliminary investigation indicated the gas leak was caused by vandalism, officials said.

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