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Foul odor prompts alarm among some residents of eastern L.A. County

February 1, 2011 |  6:19 pm

Authorities were investigating a natural gas-like odor wafting over Los Angeles’s eastern city limits that caused some alarm among residents late Tuesday afternoon.

The Los Angeles County Fire Department began receiving reports of a suspicious smell about 5 p.m. in east L.A. County, supervising fire dispatcher Bernard Peters said. The odor appeared to migrate into the Boyle Heights area, and city fire officials began receiving calls from that area shortly afterward, Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey said.

Humphrey said the smell was only “mildly irritating” and that no one had become ill and no evacuations have been ordered. Hazmat crews have responded to the scene as a matter of protocol, he said.

Officials said residents need not be alarmed and that they do not need to call 911. Authorities had alerted gas company officials and were still trying to determine the source.

Peters said that by the time fire engines were dispatched to the scene, the smell seemed to have dissipated.


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