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Dead skunk? Rotten eggs? Complaints galore over foul odor

A rotten-egg smell likely caused by a fish die-off at the Salton Sea has residents across Southern California holding their noses.

Thousands of people from Palm Springs to Ventura County reported the odor, which probably combined with strong winds overnight to push the smell into the Los Angeles area.

Gail Ortiz, a spokeswoman for the city of Santa Clarita, said it had received numerous calls from residents all over the Santa Clarita Valley about a sulfur-like smell.

“They want to know what’s going on,” Ortiz said, noting that she hadn’t been keenly aware of the smell when she stepped outside Monday. “The fact that we’ve had a dozen or more calls tells us there’s something going on.”

From Rancho Cucamonga, reader C. Bayard tweeted that the stench was more like a dead skunk. Reader @AhhLeese said it smelled like rotten eggs in Simi Valley and Thousand Oaks.

Join Times reporter Andrew Blankstein and city editor Shelby Grad at 3 p.m. for the latest on the smell in a live Google+ Hangout. Send your questions and let us know what the air in your area smells like by tweeting @LANow or by leaving a comment below.


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