SANTA MONICA—The Santa Monica Fire Department responded to the 1600 block of 7th Street after a natural gas leak was reported on Wednesday, October 2 at 12:55 p.m. The SMFD urged residents to avoid the area as there were possibilities of delays and hazards. 

Santa Monica Fire Department cleared a natural gas leak in the region in a matter of minutes.

Less than five minutes after responding, the SMFD was able to clear the natural gas leak and ensure the safety of residents nearby. The area on the 1600 block of 7th Street is surrounded by many businesses and public transport stopping spots. 

Natural gas is odorless, but for safety reasons, a foul, rotting like smelling agent called mercaptan is added so it is easier to detect if a leak occurs. Individuals are asked to listen for hissing or blowing sounds near pipes or appliances, as this can also be a sign of a natural gas leak. The Santa Monica Fire Department works with the Southern California Gas Company, along with other agencies for the purpose of addressing any possible leaks.

The cause of the leak is unknown. There were no reports of any fires, injuries, or illnesses during the incident.