The investigation began just before 2 p.m. in the 700 block of East New Dock Street at Henry Ford Avenue, according to Matt Spence of the Los Angeles Fire Department. Hazmat and 25 fire fighters were on-scene as the investigation was conducted.
A large container was found with an unknown gas emanating from it aboard the vessel, Spence said. The ship was evacuated as a precautionary measure. There were no initial reports of injuries.
Port authority officials assisted with removing other containers in the area.
DEVELOPING: We will add more details to this report as they become available.
The City News Service contributed to this report.