LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Southern California utility company says it released an oily mist in the air as it tried to stop a three-week-old leak from a massive underground natural gas well.
SoCalGas warned Porter Ranch residents with automated phone calls Friday to stay in their homes during the release.
Residents have been concerned for their safety and upset by the unpleasant smell from the leak that was detected Oct. 23.
A SoCalGas spokesman says it took about 90 minutes to contain the mist and it didn't travel to neighborhoods that are about a mile away.
Residents were notified they could go back outside at 4 p.m.
The utility says the rare leak does not pose a threat to public health, though some residents say the stink is making them nauseous.