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Gas Smelled Over Large Area Of Manhattan
WNBC ^ | 1-8-06 | WNBC

Posted on 01/08/2007 6:45:42 AM PST by dogbyte12

YORK -- People all over a large part of New York City are smelling a gas, and it's not clear where it's coming from.

Numerous people have called 911 concerned about the odor. Con Edison, the Fire Department and the U.S. Coast Guard are investigating.

PATH service has been suspended into the 33rd Street station. Service is still going into the World Trade Center station.

Macy's department store has been evacuated, according to reports.

There also are unconfirmed reports of a similar smell across the river in New Jersey.

People between Midtown and Battery Park are reported to be smelling it. At NBC headquarters in Rockefeller Plaza, the odor is very strong. One person who works on the sixth floor at 30 Rockefeller Center says it's so strong people are leaving the building.

At one major office building at 37th and 7th, employees have been told that Con Edison is looking into a smell, and they should remain inside until they hear otherwise.

Mayor Bloomberg is expected to be asked about it at a 9:30 briefing with the media.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: New York
KEYWORDS: brokaw; callingartbell; gas; jerroldnadler; manhattan; michaelmoore; newyork; njfarts; odor
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They are evacuating a lot of buildings now. The smell seems to be all over Manhattan. I am wondering if it is a gas leak, and how large it has to be to be effecting multiple buildings.
1 posted on 01/08/2007 6:45:43 AM PST by dogbyte12
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To: dogbyte12

Hillary farted.


2 posted on 01/08/2007 6:46:41 AM PST by ARE SOLE (I thought the Party was supposed to court the voters and not the other way around?)
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To: dogbyte12

i smell it....my building sure isnt getting evacuated yet... i should evacuate myself but i have a 10 am meeting !! dammit !


3 posted on 01/08/2007 6:46:54 AM PST by TerP26
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To: dogbyte12

A smell covering both New York and New Jersey? Corruption?


4 posted on 01/08/2007 6:46:56 AM PST by coloradan (Failing to protect the liberties of your enemies establishes precedents that will reach to yourself.)
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To: dogbyte12

Wind blowing in from Jersey?


5 posted on 01/08/2007 6:47:25 AM PST by Vaquero (Moderate Islam is Radical Islams Trojan horse in the West)
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To: dogbyte12
Gas Smelled Over Large Area Of Manhattan

Old Crusty in town?

6 posted on 01/08/2007 6:47:41 AM PST by Charles Henrickson (PIAPS.)
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To: dogbyte12
Fox News just reported in NJ there is a strong gas smell also.

**insert fart joke here**

7 posted on 01/08/2007 6:47:42 AM PST by eyespysomething
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To: TerP26

I had Mexican last night. Dont smell anything over here in Hell's Kitchen.


8 posted on 01/08/2007 6:47:44 AM PST by Long Island Pete
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To: dogbyte12

That's an awfully large area for a gas leak (Macy's is on 34th and Rockefeller Center is in the 50's if I recall).


9 posted on 01/08/2007 6:47:45 AM PST by andy58-in-nh
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To: dogbyte12

Merely a Giuliani Parnters staff meeting.


10 posted on 01/08/2007 6:47:45 AM PST by TommyDale (If we don't put a stop to this global warming, we will all be dead in 10,000 years!)
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To: dogbyte12

If it is gas, it's a good thing they added some kind of additive so the leak could be smelled.


11 posted on 01/08/2007 6:47:46 AM PST by Peach (The Clintons pardoned more terrorists than they captured or killed.)
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To: ARE SOLE

Seriously though, Macy's AND NBC AND a whole host of other buildings are catching this odor strongly. Whatever it is, there apparently is alot of it. If it's gas, this strong, the fire danger has to be huge.


12 posted on 01/08/2007 6:47:56 AM PST by dogbyte12
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To: dogbyte12

It's nat gas folks are smelling, or rather the stink they add to it?


13 posted on 01/08/2007 6:48:07 AM PST by mewzilla (Property must be secured or liberty cannot exist. John Adams)
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To: dogbyte12
Fox news is saying that the GAS is being smelled in New Jersey as well..They say it might be coming from New Jersey? Who the heck knows..

sw

14 posted on 01/08/2007 6:48:16 AM PST by spectre (Spectre's wife ("One Nation, One Standard")
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To: ARE SOLE

No, no.

With a butt THAT size, had she done so, Manhattan would be missing.


15 posted on 01/08/2007 6:48:17 AM PST by Dick Bachert
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To: dogbyte12

Would a single gas leak cause this much odor over such a wide area? Is it a natural gas smell, or something else?


16 posted on 01/08/2007 6:48:21 AM PST by dinoparty
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To: All

Still at work! I can smell it now. It really smells like gas!


17 posted on 01/08/2007 6:48:59 AM PST by areafiftyone (Politicians Are Like Diapers - Both Need To Be Changed Often And For The Same Reason)
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To: dogbyte12

Terrorist attack?...........Pat Robertson said it wouldn't be until later this year........


18 posted on 01/08/2007 6:49:04 AM PST by Red Badger (New! HeadOn Hemorrhoid Medication for Liberals!.........Apply directly to forehead.........)
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To: spectre

Fresh Kills stinks (stunk?) to high heaven. We've smelled that on visits.


19 posted on 01/08/2007 6:49:12 AM PST by mewzilla (Property must be secured or liberty cannot exist. John Adams)
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To: areafiftyone

what is your location in town?


20 posted on 01/08/2007 6:49:47 AM PST by dogbyte12
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To: coloradan

We have a winner! :)


21 posted on 01/08/2007 6:49:51 AM PST by alice_in_bubbaland (New Jersey gets the corrupt government it deserves!)
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To: areafiftyone
Still at work! I can smell it now. It really smells like gas!

She who smelt it, dealt it.

22 posted on 01/08/2007 6:50:40 AM PST by Constitution Day ("Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored." Aldous Huxley)
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To: areafiftyone

The odorant added to gas to make it smell "like gas" is extremely smelly. Maybe a few bottles of the pure odorant have been opened all over the place. I can see some terrorist scenario-setups here.


23 posted on 01/08/2007 6:51:13 AM PST by coloradan (Failing to protect the liberties of your enemies establishes precedents that will reach to yourself.)
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To: dogbyte12

Does every thread have to instantly degenerate into some sort of open mic night at the local dive bar? Not every story is an opportunity to crack open the lame joke book you got for Christmas, folks.


24 posted on 01/08/2007 6:51:18 AM PST by WhistlingPastTheGraveyard
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To: dogbyte12

Natural gas is oderless, they add methyl mercaptan to it that stinks, and the sulfur in it gives the flame a blue tint.

If someone spilled a quart of methyl or ethyl mercaptan it'd smell up a large area.


25 posted on 01/08/2007 6:51:23 AM PST by DBrow
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To: dogbyte12

If it's a terrorist attack, it's pretty crafty. Access to gas lines is pretty much unimpeded. A maniac, or a group of maniacs, only have to cut a number of lines throughout the city, light a match and boom.


26 posted on 01/08/2007 6:51:29 AM PST by DouglasKC
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To: dogbyte12

That's really odd... seems like too big an area for a natural gas leak. Seems like even a pretty large release of natural gas would disperse quicker than that.


27 posted on 01/08/2007 6:51:31 AM PST by Ramius ([sip])
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To: mewzilla
Reporter from a building on 6th avenue says people that are evacuating "sort of leaving on their own"...LOL..

sw

28 posted on 01/08/2007 6:51:47 AM PST by spectre (Spectre's wife ("One Nation, One Standard")
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To: dogbyte12

29 posted on 01/08/2007 6:52:39 AM PST by meg88
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To: DBrow
If someone spilled a quart of methyl or ethyl mercaptan it'd smell up a large area.

Where's/when's that added to the nat gas? Does the additive get trucked around?

30 posted on 01/08/2007 6:53:18 AM PST by mewzilla (Property must be secured or liberty cannot exist. John Adams)
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To: DouglasKC

"cut a number of lines throughout the city, light a match and boom".

Anti-smoking bunch?


31 posted on 01/08/2007 6:53:53 AM PST by sodpoodle (There are more sparrows than eagles!)
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To: areafiftyone
Still at work! I can smell it now. It really smells like gas!

Will you confirm for us please that it is natural gas? Or some other gaseous smell?

It's amazing that the news report does not make that clear. As if all gasses are the same.

32 posted on 01/08/2007 6:54:00 AM PST by Semper911 ("We can stand here like the French, or we can do something about it." -Marge Simpson)
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To: DBrow

Spilling a bottle of methyl mercaptan would be a good way to deliberately affect commerce though. If it smelled like natural gas to me, I wouldn't risk it being nothing. A ton of businesses are shutting down right now.


33 posted on 01/08/2007 6:54:01 AM PST by dogbyte12
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To: dogbyte12

I work a few blocks north of $hitty Hall. No smell here as yet (Bloomie must be outta town).


34 posted on 01/08/2007 6:54:28 AM PST by LIConFem (Just opened a new seafood restaurant in Great Britain, called "Squid Pro Quid")
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To: DouglasKC

It started in NJ - no kidding.


35 posted on 01/08/2007 6:54:29 AM PST by relee
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To: TerP26; areafiftyone

Stay safe, FRiends.


36 posted on 01/08/2007 6:54:35 AM PST by BenLurkin (O beautiful for patriot dream, that sees beyond the years)
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To: dogbyte12
No big deal, Rosie is in New York today. And she didn't fart, the smell is coming from another hole.
37 posted on 01/08/2007 6:54:50 AM PST by isthisnickcool (If you can't light a fire in the vacuum of space what's the deal with the Sun?)
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To: dogbyte12

Another Taco Bell food alert??


38 posted on 01/08/2007 6:54:54 AM PST by IamConservative (Any man who agrees with you on everything, will lie to anyone.)
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To: dogbyte12

Denmark?


39 posted on 01/08/2007 6:54:57 AM PST by higgmeister (In the Shadow of The Big Chicken)
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To: spectre
Reporter from a building on 6th avenue says people that are evacuating "sort of leaving on their own"...LOL..

I would, too, though I'd be wondering where it's safe to go if the stench is that widespread :)

40 posted on 01/08/2007 6:55:00 AM PST by mewzilla (Property must be secured or liberty cannot exist. John Adams)
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To: ARE SOLE

My exact first thought!!!!


41 posted on 01/08/2007 6:55:22 AM PST by RetiredArmy (I don't march to other people's opinion of me or my beliefs. I march to my beliefs and heart.)
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To: coloradan

Lots of Fire engines all over the place. I can hear them from my window. I hope they find the source of this. What a pain! It's more of an annoyance than anything else.


42 posted on 01/08/2007 6:55:24 AM PST by areafiftyone (Politicians Are Like Diapers - Both Need To Be Changed Often And For The Same Reason)
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To: TerP26
i should evacuate myself but i have a 10 am meeting !! dammit !

If you have a bad feeling, maybe you should listen to your gut rather than your scheduler

43 posted on 01/08/2007 6:55:30 AM PST by SauronOfMordor (Never try to teach a pig to sing -- it wastes your time and it annoys the pig)
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To: BenLurkin

ABC Radio now reporting that there was a gas leak down in Bleeker Street.(lower manhattan)


44 posted on 01/08/2007 6:55:35 AM PST by MarineMom613
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To: Ramius

" Seems like even a pretty large release of natural gas would disperse quicker than that. "

The scientists among us can correct me, but I believe natural gas is heavier than air, and in still air will collect at ground level...

If there's no wind to speak of, accumulations are possible...

FAE on a grand scale, maybe?? (Fuel-Air-Explosive)


45 posted on 01/08/2007 6:55:48 AM PST by Uncle Ike ("Tripping over the lines connecting all of the dots"... [FReeper Pinz-n-needlez])
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To: mewzilla

"Does the additive get trucked around?"



Excellent question Mewz, the Fox news guys have not asked.


46 posted on 01/08/2007 6:55:50 AM PST by sodpoodle (There are more sparrows than eagles!)
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To: dogbyte12
Gas main break in West Village

per Drudge

47 posted on 01/08/2007 6:56:05 AM PST by maquiladora
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To: dogbyte12

FOX is covering it, if it turns out like yesterday's mega alert at the Miami port you have nothing to worry about.


48 posted on 01/08/2007 6:56:28 AM PST by tioga
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To: mewzilla

And not only that, but what kind of effect can these chemicals have on their own, without being added to the natural gas? Are they harmful?


49 posted on 01/08/2007 6:56:33 AM PST by I_Publius
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To: mewzilla

Yes it does. Google "natural gas oderant" or Scentinel and you'll get hits about tankers and cylinders and distribution nets.

I'm not an expert, that's all I did was google.


50 posted on 01/08/2007 6:56:49 AM PST by DBrow
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