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Mystery blob eating downtown
A mysterious black blob attacked downtown Los Angeles on Monday with a tar-like goo that oozed from manholes, buckled a street and unmoored a Raymond Chandler-era brick building, firefighters said.
About 200 residents were forced to flee as a hazardous materials team and dozens of firefighters worked throughout the day to identify what was first deemed "a black tarry substance" and later morphed into a "watery mud."
While outside temperatures struggled to break 60, sidewalks in the vicinity steamed at 103 degrees, Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Ron Myers said...
Oil Buckles Street and Damages Building
Authorities remembered that there's a petroleum drilling site two blocks from the apartment building. When they checked there, they discovered that workers were injecting high-pressure hot water into old wells to extract leftover crude oil.
When the St. James Oil Co. halted the hot water pumping, the bulge in the street began to subside and the flow of oily liquid quickly slowed.
Originally posted by loam
Cancer? I think... Why?
Not sure I'm getting the reason for the trivia game.
EDIT: Ok, this says heart attack after removal of a tumor.
[edit on 21-2-2006 by loam]
Originally posted by HowardRoark
Mesothelioma is a characteristic disease of asbestos exposure.
I would have though that someone as into environmental issues as you are would have known that.