LOS ANGELES (CNS) - Vandals may have driven a vehicle onto a natural gas storage well at a Southern California Gas Co. facility in Playa Del Rey early this morning, causing a loud hissing noise and a release of gas that had to be shut off, a gas company spokeswoman said.

Now firefighters, hazardous materials crews, police and a bomb squad are investigating the vehicle to make sure it is safe before the damage can be repaired, authorities said.

The incident began at 12:30 a.m. at the storage facility at Gulana and Manchester avenues, said SoCal Gas spokeswoman Trisha Muse.

When the vehicle was driven onto the storage well, it damaged a structure above ground, causing gas to escape, Muse said. The loud hissing sound ``was alarming for residents in the area,'' she said. There were no injuries and the gas was turned off, rendering the area safe at 3:50 a.m.

Evacuations were not necessary.

Police were investigating the vehicle and making sure it was safe to move and to find out how it got on top of the well, authorities said.