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SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Emergency officials and Exxon were responding to an apparent 4-miles-wide oil slick off the coast of Refugio State Beach in Santa Barbara County on Tuesday.

KTLA reported a pungent smell from spilled oil, and county Fire Department officials told outlets the spill originated on land but said the flow had been stopped.

Authorities were responding to an oil slick in the ocean off Refugio State Beach in Santa Barbara County on May 19, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

Authorities were responding to an oil slick in the ocean off Refugio State Beach in Santa Barbara County on May 19, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

U.S. Coast Guard crews were responding to an “unknown sheen” at Refugio, the guard’s Los Angeles/Long Beach office Twitter account stated.

The sheen was from a ruptured pipeline on the shore side that had been “secured,” the Coast Guard office later confirmed in a tweet.

About 21,000 gallons had flowed into the ocean, the Los Angeles Times reported, citing Coast Guard officials.

Exxon, county fire and emergency officials were responding to the 4-mile-wide slick, the Coast Guard said.

The type of material composing the slick remained unknown, the Coast Guard said.

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