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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: BykrBayb

The ultimate, give a headache, sell an aspirin.


351 posted on 01/08/2007 10:02:01 AM PST by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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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 http://www.AdoptAPlatoon.org - 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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To: sanchmo; Cindy

Ping to 358


361 posted on 01/08/2007 10:27:43 AM PST by fanfan ("We don't start fights my friends, but we finish them, and never leave until our work is done."PMSH)
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To: California74; dogbyte12

I answered my own question. This one:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/1510878/posts

and this one from last march:
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/1588517/posts


362 posted on 01/08/2007 10:28:27 AM PST by California74
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To: ELS; All

Now there are a bunch of dead birds found in Austin Tx and part of the city is blocked off. Very strange!

Tinfoil anyone?


363 posted on 01/08/2007 10:29:47 AM PST by tutstar (Baptist Ping list - freepmail me to get on or off.)
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To: ARE SOLE

Hillary doesn`t have to fart. There are so many liberals in NYC blowing hot air the entire island of Manhattan should float into the stratosphere.


364 posted on 01/08/2007 10:33:28 AM PST by Screamname (My name is Screamname and I approve this message.)
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To: ELS

Do you still smell it? I just came down to 37th from 100th and didn't smell (or hear) a thing. Finding out what's what on FR, as usual.


365 posted on 01/08/2007 10:45:12 AM PST by firebrand
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To: firebrand
Shortly after 9am, the building I work in was evacuated due to the strong smell, particularly in the lobby. The smell was not noticeable outside. After some time we were told to go back in the building. When I went downstairs later, around 12:30pm, I didn't notice the smell.

Other city offices had been affected as well and the mother of one of my colleagues called and said she could smell it up in Bergen County.

366 posted on 01/08/2007 11:05:00 AM PST by ELS (Vivat Benedictus XVI!)
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To: dogbyte12

Is it a big deal or not? Are people still concerned about an attack or not? If they are, then why don't they care about the war on terror? What gives, Pappy?


367 posted on 01/08/2007 11:05:07 AM PST by InvisibleChurch (Tempus Fidget - The time between the final hymn and recessional.)
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To: firebrand

I am in Midtown and never even smelled it this morning.


368 posted on 01/08/2007 11:05:32 AM PST by Miss Didi ("Good heavens, woman, this is a war not a garden party!" Dr. Meade, Gone with the Wind)
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To: Miss Didi

I really like your tag line.


369 posted on 01/08/2007 11:11:34 AM PST by freeperfromnj
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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. In contrast, the now inane "Nothing to see folks, move along" sarcastic post has been made 1,000 times on FR, and each times indeed it ended up being nothing. Yet no matter how many times these paranoid cynics' ignorant prognastications prove to be wrong, they still return each time to insist that if she floats, she must be a witch.



Example (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1498353/posts and elsewhere) was the OU Stadium Bombing. The kid blew himself up outside the OU game two years ago...the kid with volatile explosives in his apartment ...the one whose roommates were indirectly connected to other interesting characters that show up in the 1993 OKCity Bombing and 9-11...the one that was a muslim convert that went to the same mosque as some of the 9-11 perps in Stillwater attended...

The local authorities exploded a number of bombs in the area of his "suicide". A security guard swears the kid tried to gain access to the stadium of 84,000 of a nationally televised NCAAF event several times with his backpack of goodies. He was turned away each time.

The kid killed himself with a volatile bomb pack next to a biology lab. These are all facts that were reported by the police and witnessed by local and filed with the local news.

Then the ATF took over the investigation. Some media outlets began reporting the ATF's new story: No suicide--it was an accident. No bombs found beyond the kid even though the police stated they removed bombs from the stadium before the ATF and FBI enetered the investigation. No explosives in the apartment even though witnesses and local police stated explosives were removed and the residue was found everywhere in the apartment. No connections to Pakistani radicals he associated with even though he lived with them (in an area off campus known as Little Tehran), dated them, and hung out at the mosque with them. And furthermore, even though Hinrich most definitely converted to a radical sect of Islam, the ATF/FBI/former Dem Senator David Boren said he wasn't a muslim. Then the feds ruled the whole thing an "accidental" explosion.

Then, all evidence was sealed by the court as EYES ONLY.


This NYC thing may not be a terrorist plan...I agree with that assumption...but to make the statement you made here is patently absurd. There have been terrorist activities in the USA after 9-11 and the govenrment, for whatever reason, has covered up the incidents. If it's to protect ongoing investigations, etc. that is well and good. But don't say it's never happened. It's happened.


BTW, I'm the furthest thing from a tinfoiler/paranoid cynic.


370 posted on 01/08/2007 11:11:44 AM PST by sully777 (You have flies in your eyes--Catch-22)
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To: freeperfromnj
Thanks...it's my all-time favorite movie and that line really hit home last time I watched.
371 posted on 01/08/2007 11:14:28 AM PST by Miss Didi ("Good heavens, woman, this is a war not a garden party!" Dr. Meade, Gone with the Wind)
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To: Hildy

OMG, do you have to whine on EVERY thread?


372 posted on 01/08/2007 11:17:22 AM PST by beansox
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To: dogbyte12

bump for later


373 posted on 01/08/2007 11:24:45 AM PST by Cacique (quos Deus vult perdere, prius dementat ( Islamia Delenda Est ))
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To: Cagey

Can you smell it in Josey?


374 posted on 01/08/2007 11:29:38 AM PST by MotleyGirl70
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To: MotleyGirl70

"Josey" is a person, I think, not a place.


375 posted on 01/08/2007 11:34:19 AM PST by Fudd Fan (Liberal RATs will get us all killed.)
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To: Fudd Fan; MotleyGirl70

""Josey" is a person, I think, not a place."

If Elizabeth is a place, certainly Josey can be too.



376 posted on 01/08/2007 11:37:47 AM PST by Cagey (Smelling in Josey)
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To: Fudd Fan; Cagey

Joisey! Happy now?


377 posted on 01/08/2007 11:38:55 AM PST by MotleyGirl70
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To: MotleyGirl70

LOL!


378 posted on 01/08/2007 11:40:05 AM PST by Cagey
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To: andy58-in-nh

yup, you are correct.


379 posted on 01/08/2007 11:44:41 AM PST by tob2 ( "I may not be perfect but I'm always me." Anon.)
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To: Cagey

So can you? ...smell it?


380 posted on 01/08/2007 11:45:53 AM PST by MotleyGirl70
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To: relee

"It started in NJ - no kidding." Maybe it's from the refineries in Secaucus, NJ. If the wind was blowing the right direction, it could effect a large portion of Manhattan.


381 posted on 01/08/2007 11:51:01 AM PST by tob2 ( "I may not be perfect but I'm always me." Anon.)
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To: MotleyGirl70

Not in this part of the state but my daughter said she could smell it in NYC.


382 posted on 01/08/2007 12:00:39 PM PST by Cagey
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To: tob2
Maybe it's from the refineries in Secaucus, NJ

The refineries in northern New Jersey are in the Linden/Elizabeth area. Secaucus has many outlet stores but no refineries. Although some years ago, there were many hog farms and slaughterhouses in Secaucus and that smelled like, well.....a pig pen.

383 posted on 01/08/2007 12:03:22 PM PST by Cagey
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To: Myrddin

Methyl mercaptan has to be one of the most potent smelling substance out there. Even a drop can do it and ruined a good shoe.


384 posted on 01/08/2007 12:04:44 PM PST by Ptarmigan (Ptarmigans will rise again!)
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To: Kimberly GG
however I am no longer willing to give this administration the benefit of the doubt about anything.

It's great when freepers at least admit when they've changed sides.

385 posted on 01/08/2007 12:11:13 PM PST by Ramius ([sip])
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To: MotleyGirl70

Again, no such place.

Perhaps you mean NEW JERSEY.


386 posted on 01/08/2007 12:19:14 PM PST by Fudd Fan (Liberal RATs will get us all killed.)
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To: tob2

There are no refineries in Seacaucus.


387 posted on 01/08/2007 12:20:06 PM PST by Fudd Fan (Liberal RATs will get us all killed.)
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To: sully777

A whole bunch of that portion of your post about the OU bombing isn't true at all.


388 posted on 01/08/2007 12:20:52 PM PST by Rte66
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To: fanfan

No smell here but there are these strange white particles falling out of the sky.


389 posted on 01/08/2007 12:25:45 PM PST by kanawa (Don't go where you're looking, look where you're going.)
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To: Cagey

When I was a little kid in Houston, we'd get warm air inversions all the time and the smell from the refineries on the east side of town would drift westward to our residential area.

The refineries were in Pasadena, TX - and that's what we always called that stinky smell - "I smell Pasadena."

Imagine my amazement when the Rose Bowl parade was on TV from stinky Pasadena (to a little kid's mind).

It took many, many years and lots of PR dollars for the town of Pasadena (TX) to live that all down. Right now, though, we have some kind of algae bloom or fish kill on Brays Bayou that sends that rotten bathroom smell through the neighborhood for days on end - and the first thing I always think is "I smell Pasadena."


390 posted on 01/08/2007 12:28:30 PM PST by Rte66
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To: Fudd Fan; Cagey
The joke is between me and my long-time FReeper friend, Cagey, who lives in Joisey--so butt out!
391 posted on 01/08/2007 12:31:31 PM PST by MotleyGirl70
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To: headsonpikes

"Some things never change - eh, hoser?"

Hoser, eh? Well, TAKE OFF!


392 posted on 01/08/2007 12:32:47 PM PST by Buck W. (If you push something hard enough, it will fall over.)
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To: MotleyGirl70; Fudd Fan
The joke is between me and my long-time FReeper friend, Cagey, who lives in Joisey--

And Joe Piscopo, don't forget Joe Piscopo! He's from Joisey too.

393 posted on 01/08/2007 12:34:10 PM PST by Cagey
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To: All

So, is this story over with? I just found out about it on FR and now it's "finis"? What was it?


394 posted on 01/08/2007 12:57:53 PM PST by Rte66
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To: sanchmo

Thanks for the info.


395 posted on 01/08/2007 12:59:20 PM PST by Diddle E. Squat (An easy 10-team playoff based on the BCS bowls can be implemented by next year. See my homepage.)
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To: sully777

Plotting, scheming, wishing does not equal a successfully executed attack. "We have no evidence to indicate" does not equal "We have ruled out." Etc.


396 posted on 01/08/2007 1:03:33 PM PST by Diddle E. Squat (An easy 10-team playoff based on the BCS bowls can be implemented by next year. See my homepage.)
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To: leilani

Thanks. Sad how much this place has changed from 6 years ago.


397 posted on 01/08/2007 1:04:47 PM PST by Diddle E. Squat (An easy 10-team playoff based on the BCS bowls can be implemented by next year. See my homepage.)
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To: Ramius

"It's great when freepers at least admit when they've changed sides."



http://news.bbc.co.uk/olmedia/865000/images/_865697_10_300.jpg

"Our biggest challenge will be to separate my uncle from the rest of the Republican Party."

"‘This is a President who represents the diversity of our society, who we can count on to change the Republican Party to represent our views.’" … He told the rally his mother had instilled him the values of Cesar Chavez, the Chicano activist who fought for the rights of migrant farmworkers in the United States. ‘She told me we have to fight for our race, we have to find the leaders who represent us,’ he said in fluent Spanish.’"

Tell me again...who left whom?


398 posted on 01/08/2007 1:21:48 PM PST by Kimberly GG (PATRIOTS MARCH TO "TAKE BACK AMERICA" (www.lframerica.com ))
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To: MotleyGirl70

So you picking on us Joisey guys again? ;)


399 posted on 01/08/2007 1:31:47 PM PST by Dmitry Vukicevich (I found a good BackScratcher.)
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To: Kimberly GG

Yawn.


400 posted on 01/08/2007 1:40:07 PM PST by Ramius ([sip])
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