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Cargo ship evacuated on LA Harbor for gas leak investigation

A cargo ship that was evacuated after gas leak was reported on board in the LA Harbor is seen Friday, May 18, 2012.

May 18, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
A cargo ship on the L.A. Harbor was evacuated Friday afternoon after a gas leak was reported, a city fire official said.

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.