Skip to comments.Gas Smelled Over Large Area Of Manhattan
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.
...which ain't gonna happen. ;^)
I'm guessing it's the O'Hare UFO.
See what happens when Art Bell moves back to the USA
Is Micheal Moore in NY today?
Bloomberg seemed inconvenienced and irritated by the reporters questions about the gas leak.
Hopefully if something ever really bad does happen on his watch he'll be able to squeeze it in around his agenda.
Snark snipers don't have hand.
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.
We need to call Ghost Busters.
correction: gas smell
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.
No, no... 5th grade fart jokes are the life of the party!
Rosie O'Donnell trying to get even with Trump?
Seriesly! No one mentioning those is a hugh development.
No more rhyming, I mean it!!
Now THAT'S funny.
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.
Anybody want a peanut?
I agree, Drudge's headline is great
Did a lake turn over?
I've been having that as a personal experience!
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.
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.
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.
You're right, I totally had that one coming.
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.
LOL. Correct response. Good job.
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.
Crowd control is priority one.
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?
According to Burl Ives in the movie: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.
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.
>>>>...maturity of folks,...funny remarks,...childish arena of one-upmanship, yada yada....
Oh please, I have these threads keyworded 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!
I've been around for eight years plus and would have to agree with your assessment.
If you can't stand the heat, stay out of the kitchen!
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.
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.)
This is what comes from eliminating trans-fats from your diet.
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.
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.
Todd Whitmann explains that they have ruled out all dangerous chemicals, so therefore, whatever it is, is safe.
Now if you believe that....
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?
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