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Airport fuel spilled into Potomac River

ARLINGTON, Va. (WUSA9) -- Airport fuel from Reagan National Airport spilled into the Potomac River Thursday evening, according to the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority.

At approximately 9:15 p.m., airport officials said personnel responded to reports of a fuel odor on the south side of Reagan National Airport. Fuel sheen was located on the Potomac River around 10:25 p.m. Officials said the spill has not been observed in the main channel of the river.

On Friday at 10 a.m., officials said the source of the spill was secure. The spill extended to Four Mile Run and the southern boundary of Reagan National Airport and officials say an estimated 7,500 to 9,000 gallons of fuel was spilled.

How the fuel ended up in the river is unknown at this time and officials say there is no timeline set for the cleanup effort.

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