Residents being kept away from dump site. Photo courtesy Allen W. Anderson
Three men dumping about 20 barrels of an unknown substance from a large pick up truck in Elysian Valley last night fled after being confronted by residents. However, the mess they left behind at an empty lot at the corner of Blake and Knox avenues is now being investigated and cleaned up, reports resident and neighborhood council member Allen W. Anderson. Said Anderson in an email:
Eyewitnesses said that they heard the boom of the drums being pushed out of the truck and that when confronted the three men doing the dumping closed the van up and sped away… leaving a trail of liquid up Knox then turning right onto Ripple. The empty lot is fenced normally, so the men dumping the material had to open the gate and back the truck onto the property. The truck sideswiped the gate as it sped away, tearing the gate off its hinges.
Police and a Los Angeles Fire Department hazardous material clean up crew showed up to investigate the dumping of the 55-gallon drums, Anderson said.
Anyone who has any information about the dumping, which took place at about 10 p.m., is asked to call the LAPD Northeast Division.
* Update: The fire department said a hazardous material squad and one fire engine was on the scene last night as part of a “chemical investigation.” No word yet on what the substance was in those drums. Meanwhile, in Burbank, more drums containing “various substances consistent with roofing materials similar to tar and white paint” were dumped on a street near a storm drain, reports L.A. Now.