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.
Quickly, as in the moment the second plane hit the second tower. The precise moment the attack became impossible to deny.
Also, I think jihadi Beltway sniper, the "Praise Allah" anthrax letters, the El Al counter shooting at LAX and the temple shooting in Seattle might qualify as acts of Islamic terrorism. Those, in addition to the number of large scale attacks that have been foiled.
There aren't any places near me on the list. Yet. We have a chemical factory right up the street, which will probably make the list when they stop paying their hush money.
I'm always comforted to know that our officials are capable of solving investigations before they've even begun. Even Dick Tracey couldn't do that.
Maybe the Hudson turned over. Used to live near a river which did this ever so often.
[From what I'm seeing right now, he would be a disaster in the event of a real emergency.]
Perhaps this is a good wake-up call for every major city to get their collective "sh*t" together.
One cannot smell natural gas. The gas company adds the rotten egg smell to the gas.
It may not be natural gas with the agent they are smelling but just sulfur.
I'm surrounded by that list.
Yeah, but look on the bright side. You live near some of the best cancer treatment centers in the world. ; )
The ultimate, give a headache, sell an aspirin.
LOL, I'm always ready to help out in a pinch.
Jerry Nadler is loose!
They both stink.
No, it smells like the additive to natural gas, not like a rotting pile of garbage. I'm in NJ across the river from Manhattan.
Methanethiol (also known as methyl mercaptan) is a colorless gas with a smell like rotten cabbage. It is a natural substance found in the blood, brain, and other tissues of people and animals. It is released from animal feces. It occurs naturally in certain foods, such as some nuts and cheese. It is also one of the main chemicals responsible for bad breath and the smell in flatulence. The chemical formula for methanethiol is CH3SH; it is classified as a thiol.
Methanethiol is released from decaying organic matter in marshes and is present in the natural gas of certain regions in the United States, in coal tar, and in some crude oils.
In surface seawater, methanethiol is the primary breakdown product of the algal metabolite dimethylsulfoniopropionate (DMSP)....
Methanethiol is also manufactured for use in the plastics industry, as a precursor in the manufacture of pesticides, and as a jet fuel additive. It is also released as a decay product of wood in pulp mills.
On December 26, 2005, dozens of people at a St. Petersburg, Russia Maksidom home supplies store were sickened when gas suspected to be methanethiol was released. The store had received letters threatening to disrupt business during the holiday gift-giving season. Three other stores belonging to the same chain found boxes with glass containers and timers that also might have been rigged to release the gas.
You pegged it right - Mayor Snippy - I was a little taken back by his lack of sensitivity.
This feels like deja vous. Didn't this happen before, rather recently? A smell in NYC, I think it was a sweet smell like candy, that permeated a few blocks? And it was attributed to the winds inversion layer or something like that?
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