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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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To: dogbyte12
Grovers Mill, NJ?


251 posted on 01/08/2007 7:58:43 AM PST by 50sDad (I respect other religions by allowing them the right to worship. But they still are wrong.)
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To: relictele

Contrails?


252 posted on 01/08/2007 7:59:53 AM PST by 50sDad (I respect other religions by allowing them the right to worship. But they still are wrong.)
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To: Peach
All my doors and windows have sensors on them...I would have to leave by jumping out the 2nd story window to the garage roof and jump from there.

...which ain't gonna happen. ;^)

253 posted on 01/08/2007 8:00:08 AM PST by DCPatriot ("It aint what you don't know that kills you. It's what you know that aint so" Theodore Sturgeon))
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To: Labyrinthos

I'm guessing it's the O'Hare UFO.


254 posted on 01/08/2007 8:00:55 AM PST by Rutles4Ever (Ubi Petrus, ibi ecclesia, et ubi ecclesia vita eterna)
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To: 50sDad

See what happens when Art Bell moves back to the USA


255 posted on 01/08/2007 8:01:12 AM PST by OldFriend (THE PRESS IS AN EVIL FOR WHICH THERE IS NO REMEDY)
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Is Micheal Moore in NY today?


256 posted on 01/08/2007 8:02:46 AM PST by neal1960 (This space for rent.)
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To: dogbyte12

Bloomberg seemed inconvenienced and irritated by the reporters questions about the gas leak.


257 posted on 01/08/2007 8:03:04 AM PST by sasha123 (Jack's Back - 1/14)
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To: sasha123

Hopefully if something ever really bad does happen on his watch he'll be able to squeeze it in around his agenda.


258 posted on 01/08/2007 8:04:19 AM PST by John W
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To: HOTTIEBOY; Fierce Allegiance

Yeah;)

Snark snipers don't have hand.

sp


259 posted on 01/08/2007 8:04:31 AM PST by sodpoodle (There are more sparrows than eagles!)
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To: DouglasKC

Natural gas has to be concentrated (i.e. inside a structure) in order to explode. Out in the open air, unless right at the source, there would be no explosion.


260 posted on 01/08/2007 8:04:40 AM PST by Mad_Tom_Rackham (Well, it's 2007. Time to get ready for 2008.)
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To: dogbyte12


NYPD: INITIAL REPORTS SAY SMELL IS NOT HARMFUL.


261 posted on 01/08/2007 8:05:43 AM PST by OESY
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To: dogbyte12

We need to call Ghost Busters.


262 posted on 01/08/2007 8:06:26 AM PST by edcoil (Reality doesn't say much - doesn't need too)
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correction: gas smell


263 posted on 01/08/2007 8:07:10 AM PST by sasha123 (Jack's Back - 1/14)
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To: relee
It started in NJ...

I thought the deal was that NYC sends it's garbage to NJ, and NJ sends it's air pollution to NYC. This would seem to be normal activity.

264 posted on 01/08/2007 8:07:40 AM PST by Mad_Tom_Rackham (Well, it's 2007. Time to get ready for 2008.)
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To: Constitution Day

No, no... 5th grade fart jokes are the life of the party!


265 posted on 01/08/2007 8:08:17 AM PST by WhistlingPastTheGraveyard
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To: ARE SOLE; All

Rosie O'Donnell trying to get even with Trump?


266 posted on 01/08/2007 8:09:50 AM PST by SoldierDad (Proud Father of a 2nd BCT 10th Mountain Soldier fighting the terrorists in Iraq)
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To: WhistlingPastTheGraveyard
At least we were spared the usual 50 "series" and "hugh" comments this time around.

Seriesly! No one mentioning those is a hugh development.

267 posted on 01/08/2007 8:12:23 AM PST by commish (Freedom tastes sweetest to those who have fought to protect it.)
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To: Fierce Allegiance; Labyrinthos; Constitution Day; areafiftyone
He who did the rhyme, did the crime.<.i>

No more rhyming, I mean it!!

268 posted on 01/08/2007 8:12:40 AM PST by SoldierDad (Proud Father of a 2nd BCT 10th Mountain Soldier fighting the terrorists in Iraq)
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To: dogbyte12
Drudge Headline:

BLOOMBERG: 'WE ARE WAITING FOR THE GAS TO PASS'

Now THAT'S funny.

269 posted on 01/08/2007 8:13:53 AM PST by WhistlingPastTheGraveyard
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To: commish

groan...


270 posted on 01/08/2007 8:14:37 AM PST by WhistlingPastTheGraveyard
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To: John W

I hope you're right. And in the mean time, part of downtown Austin has shut down due to close to 40 birds found dead this morning on Congress Avenue. Hazmat is out there and unable to determine the cause, but they state there is no health threat.


271 posted on 01/08/2007 8:16:10 AM PST by sasha123 (Jack's Back - 1/14)
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To: SoldierDad
No more rhyming, I mean it!!

Anybody want a peanut?

272 posted on 01/08/2007 8:21:11 AM PST by Ol' Sox
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To: WhistlingPastTheGraveyard
You can't say you didn't ask for it ;-) LOL

I agree, Drudge's headline is great

273 posted on 01/08/2007 8:21:25 AM PST by commish (Freedom tastes sweetest to those who have fought to protect it.)
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To: dogbyte12

Did a lake turn over?


274 posted on 01/08/2007 8:21:38 AM PST by idkfa
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To: WhistlingPastTheGraveyard
ROFL!

I've been having that as a personal experience!

275 posted on 01/08/2007 8:24:21 AM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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To: WhistlingPastTheGraveyard
Thank you. It shows the maturity of folks who try to make funny remarks on threads reporting disasters (or in this case an unknown that could become a disaster). Could you imagine being the idiot that mentioned King Kong in the opening posts of a live 9/11 thread?

My experience is that forums like this start out very well, but over time devolve into this type of childish arena of one-upmanship and such. It is too bad, because this used to be a great site, with great, but appropriate, humor. After all, Sore Looserman came from here. But today, much of what you see is "it's Bush's fault" or juvenile name calling.

Alas, I still love what's left of the old culture.

276 posted on 01/08/2007 8:24:26 AM PST by T. P. Pole
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To: sasha123

How can they NOT be able determine the CAUSE but be able to determine NO Health Threat. How can they Not be able to determine the source of the gas or it's contents but be able to determine there is No Danger to health?
The only thing they are trying to do is Prevent mayhem and chaos. Now in Jersey people going to hospital.


277 posted on 01/08/2007 8:24:34 AM PST by glymers
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To: sasha123

Has anyone mentioned that too much "stinky" stuff was put into the gas.

A couple of years ago, I went down to the basement and it was smelling of gas. I called the utilities and they said to ignore it. Seems they put something stinky in the gas to make people aware of a leak and they had mistakenly put too much in that batch.


278 posted on 01/08/2007 8:24:42 AM PST by Conservababe
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To: commish

You're right, I totally had that one coming.


279 posted on 01/08/2007 8:24:46 AM PST by WhistlingPastTheGraveyard
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To: idkfa

Who's lake?


280 posted on 01/08/2007 8:26:03 AM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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To: mewzilla

It's the stink. Natural gas is odorless so they had to make it smell so you could tell.. They sure did a good job when they chose it to not smell like anything else; there's nothing wuite like that odor.


281 posted on 01/08/2007 8:26:04 AM PST by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: Ol' Sox

LOL. Correct response. Good job.


282 posted on 01/08/2007 8:26:16 AM PST by SoldierDad (Proud Father of a 2nd BCT 10th Mountain Soldier fighting the terrorists in Iraq)
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To: glymers

FOX was just showing a woman being taken into a hospital due to this non-health threat stink. I suppose she could be someone looking for attention.


283 posted on 01/08/2007 8:28:12 AM PST by SoldierDad (Proud Father of a 2nd BCT 10th Mountain Soldier fighting the terrorists in Iraq)
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To: glymers

Crowd control is priority one.


284 posted on 01/08/2007 8:29:36 AM PST by John W
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To: dogbyte12

This was definitely a gas smell and covered a large area. How it could go on undetected by authorities is mystifying and unbelieveable?

What was the wind direction today and the velocity to determine how much and where it's coming from, or the rate of disbursement? Is this a test-run for someone?


285 posted on 01/08/2007 8:30:17 AM PST by THEBEAK (THE EAGLE CAN STILL FLY AND WEATHER ANY STORM)
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To: coloradan
A smell covering both New York and New Jersey? Corruption?

Mendacity.

According to Burl Ives in the movie: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.

286 posted on 01/08/2007 8:32:06 AM PST by ExSoldier (Democracy is 2 wolves and a lamb voting on dinner. Liberty is a well armed lamb contesting the vote.)
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To: WhistlingPastTheGraveyard
I'll have you know I learned that in fourth grade.

;)

287 posted on 01/08/2007 8:32:11 AM PST by Constitution Day ("Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored." Aldous Huxley)
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To: THEBEAK

Although I too am critical of the response to this episode, we must keep in mind that the "authorities" are really not nearly as good at dealing with real problems as they are with the ones they make up and address.I'm not sure what the original topic was this morning Mayor Snippy wanted to get to, but, I'm sure it was something vitally important to him.


288 posted on 01/08/2007 8:32:59 AM PST by John W
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To: T. P. Pole

>>>>...maturity of folks,...funny remarks,...childish arena of one-upmanship, yada yada....

Oh please, I have these threads keyworded NJFarts.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/keyword?k=njfarts

One thing the this area is known for is sarcasm. It is just off color humor.

I find inappropriate humor, appropriate humor.

So na na na nah!

:)


289 posted on 01/08/2007 8:33:16 AM PST by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: T. P. Pole
My experience is that forums like this start out very well, but over time devolve into this type of childish arena of one-upmanship and such. It is too bad, because this used to be a great site, with great, but appropriate, humor. After all, Sore Looserman came from here. But today, much of what you see is "it's Bush's fault" or juvenile name calling.

I've been around for eight years plus and would have to agree with your assessment.

290 posted on 01/08/2007 8:33:24 AM PST by BluH2o
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To: THEBEAK
Only one problem though: most poison gases are far heavier than air and don't disperse very well. That means even if you dispersed several barrels of Tabun nerve gas it won't disperse very far unless you have extremely favorable wind conditions.
291 posted on 01/08/2007 8:33:34 AM PST by RayChuang88
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To: SoldierDad; Labyrinthos; Constitution Day; areafiftyone

Quitcherbitchin!

If you can't stand the heat, stay out of the kitchen!

:)


292 posted on 01/08/2007 8:33:39 AM PST by Fierce Allegiance (SAY NO TO RUDY!)
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To: Conservababe

There was a similar smell in Philadelphia years ago. Turned out to be a leak in a truck carrying the perfume additive for the gasoline.


293 posted on 01/08/2007 8:33:40 AM PST by WhistlingPastTheGraveyard
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To: THEBEAK
Is this a test-run for someone?

Could be.

294 posted on 01/08/2007 8:33:58 AM PST by ladyjane
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To: dogbyte12; All

Natural gas is odorless. As a safety measure it is "stenched" with the chemical ethyl mercaptan.

It is possible that the chemical has been released but no gas.

(Haven't read the thread and if this point's been made already ... apologies.)


295 posted on 01/08/2007 8:34:23 AM PST by aculeus
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To: dogbyte12

This is what comes from eliminating trans-fats from your diet.


296 posted on 01/08/2007 8:36:31 AM PST by Busywhiskers (Strength and honor.)
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To: aculeus

Gas-like odor worries workers across NYC

1/8/2007, 11:12 a.m. ET
By KAREN MATTHEWS
The Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — Authorities were investigating the source of a mysterious gas-like odor Monday that wafted over a large part of Manhattan, from Rockefeller Center through Greenwich Village.

The Fire Department began getting calls about the odor around 9 a.m. Monday, said spokesman Tim Hinchey. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey temporarily suspended some of its PATH commuter train service between New Jersey and Manhattan as a precaution.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg said there was no indication that the air was unsafe to breathe, and he said sensors did not show an unusually high concentration of natural gas.

It may just be an unpleasant smell," Bloomberg said.

There was a small gas leak in Greenwich Village, but it wouldn't have been enough to account for the pervasive odor, the mayor said.

Department of Homeland Security spokesman Russ Knocke said there was no indication of terrorism and no credible intelligence to suggest any imminent threat to the city. He said the agency is closely monitoring the situation.

Utility crews from Consolidated Edison were investigating, but they had found no abnormal changes in the gas flow with in its transmission system, said spokesman Chris Olert. "If there was a big leak, we would see a change in the gas flow," he said.

In some areas, office buildings and apartment buildings were evacuated as a precaution.

"The smell was very strong. It was very scary," said Yolanda Van Gemd, an administrator at ASA, a business school near the Empire State Building that was evacuated.

In August, seven people were treated at hospitals after a gaseous smell in the boroughs of Queens and Staten Island.

Natural gas is odorless; it is the chemical that is added to it that gives it the recognizable odor.

http://www.nj.com/newsflash/national/index.ssf?/base/national-78/116826835730470.xml&storylist=national


297 posted on 01/08/2007 8:36:47 AM PST by freeperfromnj
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To: SoldierDad
"No more rhyming, I mean it!!"

Said a foolish young welshman from Wales
'A smell of escaped gas prevails'
Then he searched with a light
And later that night
Was collected in several pails.

(Sorry...couldn't resist!)

298 posted on 01/08/2007 8:37:43 AM PST by daylate-dollarshort
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To: glymers

Todd Whitmann explains that they have ruled out all dangerous chemicals, so therefore, whatever it is, is safe.

Now if you believe that....


299 posted on 01/08/2007 8:37:44 AM PST by Kimberly GG (PATRIOTS MARCH TO "TAKE BACK AMERICA" (www.lframerica.com ))
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To: glymers

Easy. Same way the air quality was deemed safe during WTC. Because they said so. :P

The inability to determine what causes this smell has nothing to do with preventing chaos. It has everything to do to protect illegal dumping.

There was a GAF owned property a few blocks from my grammar school growing up that illegally stored mustard gas and a few other large named chemicals I can't remember off hand from WW2. That debacle got hushed up real quick.

Did you know we all glow here at night?


300 posted on 01/08/2007 8:37:57 AM PST by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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