A sheared pipe caused a liquid oxygen spill at Cedars-Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital Monday morning, prompting the closure of the hospital’s emergency room for several hours.
The incident was reported about 9 a.m. at the hospital at 4650 Lincoln Blvd., according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. An attendant for the hospital later said it reopened around noon.
A pipe on a 2,000 gallon tank was sheared and a majority of the tank’s contents spilled, officials said. It was originally reported that liquid nitrogen had spilled, causing a vapor cloud.
Fire crews created a “safe, clear access” for the building engineer to assess and repair the damaged pipe, fire officials said.
Though there was no serious threat from the spill, people affected by it were transferred to a different hospital. No injuries were reported and patients were not at risk, hospital officials said in a tweet.
The “internal disaster” prompted the emergency room area to close. Midanao Way was closed from the 90 Freeway to Lincoln Boulevard during the investigation and people visiting the hospital are asked to avoid the area. The spill was affecting the ambulance entrance before the ER was reopened later in the day.
Surgeries that were scheduled at the hospital were postponed.
This morning @MDRHospital experienced an oxygen leak. Currently the ER is closed and @LAFD is on scene responding. There are no injuries and patients are not at risk. Surgeries scheduled for today are postponed, please call 310-448-5268 to reschedule.
— MarinaDelReyHospital (@MDRHospital) January 28, 2019