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10,000 Evacuated at USC After Gas Smell Detected

March 08, 2000

LOS ANGELES — Firefighters evacuated about 10,000 people from USC's bookstore, gym and health center Tuesday after an unusual odor was reported.

Several buildings were evacuated shortly after 5 p.m., said Bob Collis of the Los Angeles Fire Department.

Firefighters used devices that detect dangerous gases, but the smell dissipated within about 90 minutes, Collis said.

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