Ruptured gas line at USC closed, students return to class [UPDATED]
About 500 people were evacuated from the area around the USC School of Cinematic Arts this afternoon when a heavy equipment operator ruptured a gas line, authorities said.
After firefighters were unable to turn off the gas when the line ruptured about 12:30 p.m., they began evacuating faculty and staff in the 900 block of West 34th Street, said d'Lisa Davies, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles Fire Department.
Officials from the Southern California Gas Co. have been called to turn off the gas. No injuries have been reported, Davies said.
Updated, 2:10 p.m.: Gas company crews have closed the gas leak that forced the evacuation. Students and faculty members were allowed back into their buildings at about 2 p.m, said Raul Gordillo, a spokesman for the company. At least one building remained without power, and the gas line was being repaired, he said.
-- Ruben Vives