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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: 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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