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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: Diddle E. Squat
The only terror attack we've received so far (9/11) was correctly identified as such pretty quickly.

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.

341 posted on 01/08/2007 9:40:56 AM PST by WhistlingPastTheGraveyard
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To: mewzilla


342 posted on 01/08/2007 9:42:15 AM PST by Calpernia (
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To: Calpernia

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.

343 posted on 01/08/2007 9:43:53 AM PST by BykrBayb (Be careful what you ask for, and even more careful what you demand. )
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To: WhistlingPastTheGraveyard

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.

344 posted on 01/08/2007 9:46:10 AM PST by BykrBayb (Be careful what you ask for, and even more careful what you demand. )
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To: idkfa

Maybe the Hudson turned over. Used to live near a river which did this ever so often.

345 posted on 01/08/2007 9:46:40 AM PST by daybreakcoming
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To: Tinian
My college chemistry professor accidentally dripped some methyl mercaptan on the lab floor and stepped on it with his leather sole Florsheim shoes. He didn't notice it while in the lab because the vent hood was fairly effective. As he walked from the lab to his car, he kept stopping to see if he had stepped in any dog crap. The shoes looked fine. When he got into his car, the stink was overwhelming. He realized that his shoes were contaminated with methyl mercaptan. He drove his car to the nearest trash can in the parking lot and deposited the shoes in the trash can. It was a $150 mistake.
346 posted on 01/08/2007 9:47:13 AM PST by Myrddin
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To: John W

[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.

347 posted on 01/08/2007 9:50:49 AM PST by khnyny (For today in the city of David a Savior has been born for you who is Messiah and Lord.)
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To: dogbyte12

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.

348 posted on 01/08/2007 9:53:31 AM PST by sully777 (You have flies in your eyes--Catch-22)
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To: BykrBayb

I'm surrounded by that list.

349 posted on 01/08/2007 9:55:24 AM PST by Calpernia (
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To: Calpernia

Yeah, but look on the bright side. You live near some of the best cancer treatment centers in the world. ; )

350 posted on 01/08/2007 9:58:49 AM PST by BykrBayb (Be careful what you ask for, and even more careful what you demand. )
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To: BykrBayb

The ultimate, give a headache, sell an aspirin.

351 posted on 01/08/2007 10:02:01 AM PST by Calpernia (
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To: dogbyte12
Just to add to the discussion. Back on Dec 14 there was a spill of mercaptan at a natural gas regulator station in Lebanon Ohio. It wasn't that long before fire departments as far away as Kettering, Ohio, 20 miles away, were receiving reports of possible gas leaks.
352 posted on 01/08/2007 10:07:12 AM PST by MrTed
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To: jimbo123
I'm on 26th and park....smelled really bad in and outside the building I work in....

Seems to have abated...all clear now....
353 posted on 01/08/2007 10:08:17 AM PST by PigRigger (Donate to - The Troops have our front covered, let's guard their backs!)
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To: higgmeister

LOL, I'm always ready to help out in a pinch.

354 posted on 01/08/2007 10:12:52 AM PST by 70times7 (Sense... some don't make any, some don't have any - or so the former would appear to the latter.)
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To: dogbyte12

Jerry Nadler is loose!

355 posted on 01/08/2007 10:13:30 AM PST by b4its2late (Liberalism is a hollow log and a mental disorder.)
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To: dogbyte12
Cause: The Giants and Jets.

They both stink.

356 posted on 01/08/2007 10:14:07 AM PST by Mr. Mojo
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To: mewzilla
Fresh Kills stinks (stunk?) to high heaven. We've smelled that on visits.

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.

357 posted on 01/08/2007 10:16:47 AM PST by ELS (Vivat Benedictus XVI!)
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To: Diddle E. Squat
From Wikipedia:

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.

358 posted on 01/08/2007 10:17:30 AM PST by sanchmo (If we wish to learn what was going on in Europe in 1938, just look around - V.D. Hanson)
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To: John W

You pegged it right - Mayor Snippy - I was a little taken back by his lack of sensitivity.

359 posted on 01/08/2007 10:20:13 AM PST by sasha123 (Jack's Back - 1/14)
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To: dogbyte12

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?

360 posted on 01/08/2007 10:25:38 AM PST by California74
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