Callers Reporting Strange Smells This Weekend

By: Lily Wu - Email
By: Lily Wu - Email

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Tuesday, December 19, 2011

"We smelled a really strong gas odor when we first got out of the car, kind of made us light headed," said Kasey Hornseth, reported the odor from Park City.

Hornseth feared lighting a candle over the weekend after smelling strange odors in Kechi and Park City.

"We've never smelled something that strong before, around this area. We had a gas leak this year in our house but it wasn't that strong. So, we immediately called the gas company and they said it wasn't anything to worry about," said Hornseth.

Nearly 200 callers reported the foul smells to Kansas Gas Service. The communications manager said a small leak on a meter set was found but it was an isolated case that should not have caused the big stink.

Nearly 30 calls came into 911 dispatchers over the weekend to report the strange odors. One dispatcher thought maintenance was being performed at a local refinery.

"I'm smelling the very pronounced odor of natural gas in the air, outside of our house," said a 911 caller.

"When they release, when they're cleaning out, it gives off a gas smell. I'll call into the fire department to go ahead and check your area," said a 911 dispatcher.

A local refinery released a statement saying, "Universal Lubricants is not aware of any maintenance operations, releases, spills or other events at our facilities that correspond to or appear connected to the odors reported on Saturday."

Another company, BG Products, said they were not operational this weekend.

"I still feel safe but they need to figure out where it came from. If it's going to cause your chest to get heavy and all that, I would like to know what happened and make sure it doesn't happen again," said Hornseth.

If you suspect a gas leak, you should leave the area immediately and call 911 or call the gas leak emergency phone number at 1-888-482-4950.

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