LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Long Beach official says the first test of the city's ocean water following a sewage spill has come back clean.
Health department manager Nelson Kerr says the sample taken Tuesday shows no excessive levels of bacteria. Officials will wait for the results of a second test from Wednesday before they decide to reopen beaches to swimmers.
Kerr says the clean sample suggests sewage from Monday's burst pipe 20 miles upriver in Los Angeles didn't make it to Long Beach.
The pipe rupture near downtown Los Angeles spilled 2.4 million gallons of sewage.
An estimated 750,000 gallons were contained or vacuumed up, but officials feared some of the rest may have reached Long Beach harbor.