Tilting Oil Derrick Threatens Homes in Huntington Beach

By Brandon Lowrey
|  Tuesday, Oct 15, 2013  |  Updated 6:45 AM PDT
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The danger zone is in a neighborhood between 1st and 2nd streets near Pacific Coast Highway in Huntington Beach, where 25 homes have lost power. Vikki Vargas reports from Huntington Beach for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on Oct. 14, 2013.

Vikki Vargas

The danger zone is in a neighborhood between 1st and 2nd streets near Pacific Coast Highway in Huntington Beach, where 25 homes have lost power. Vikki Vargas reports from Huntington Beach for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on Oct. 14, 2013.

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An oil derrick in Huntington Beach buckled and was tipping over Monday afternoon, prompting evacuations in an apartment building and a home, authorities said.

The derrick was threatening homes near 1st Street and Pacific Coast Highway. It was reported about 1:30 p.m., said Huntington Beach Fire Capt. Bob Culhane.

The derrick reportedly began buckling during routine maintenance. Officials were using a crane to stabilize the derrick.

Additional details were not immediately released.

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