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Spill on Second Street Blocks Traffic Until 10 p.m.

Long Beach police say something was spilled on the Sharrows lane and the major Belmont Shore business district was closed for 1.2 miles for safety reasons during a 5-to-6-hour clean-up.

The primary thoroughfare in Belmont Shore, Second Street, has been closed since 4 p.m. Thursday between Livingston Avenue and Naples Plaza for a road spill clean-up expected to take up to six hours, Long Beach Police Department warned.

Department spokeswoman Nancy Pratt said the spill occurred in the Sharrows green cycling-driving lane before 4 p.m. and for safety reasons, officers closed the West entrance to the heart of Belmont Shore's commercial-residential district for 1.2 miles through the Naples Island business and residential district, while the mess is mopped up.

Pratt did not say what spilled, but that it was the result of a traffic accident and was something on which vehicles or cycles might potentially skid and slide. All drivers should plan extra time for the drive around the business district.

The helicopter in the sky was not a police chopper, Pratt said but more likely a television station.

Simmzy's, a popular restaurant, not only did not suffer a dirth of business but did not notice the street was closed, a spokeswoman said. Ditto the folks at Battalions of Beauty, where a Fashion Night Out event was planned to start at 6:30 p.m. Celebrity stylists, fragrance and make-up specialists were to be on hand for the event going on at malls and fashionista hubs nationally.

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