- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 3, 2016

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A fiery gas leak that forced a handful of people from homes in Los Angeles has been controlled.

Authorities say an LA Department of Water and Power backhoe was working in the Woodland Hills neighborhood when it ruptured a 4-inch gas main around 1 p.m. Wednesday.

The pipe spewed natural gas that caught fire and the resulting tower of flame burned the backhoe and a tree.

Six people from four nearby homes were evacuated for about three hours before the gas company pinched off the leak and the fire was put out.

No homes were damaged and no injuries are reported.

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