Natural gas in NYC - what happened???

United States
January 8, 2007 1:03pm CST
Was anyone around in NYC or Jersey City, NJ when there was an odd natural gas odor spreading around the area? What was it like? Were you scared? If you weren't there, did you hear about it on the news? What do you think was the cause??I'm not sure how I feel about it. All I know is that when I woke up this morning and turned on the news and they said, "A gas is spreading around the immediate tri-state area, and we don't know the cause," I was kind of worried. Not to the point where I called 911 because I don't live in those areas, but I can't imagine how it would feel to be in NYC this morning and think, "Sh*t. It's happening again." Let me know what you think!
2 responses
@Idlewild (6094)
• United States
9 Jan 07
I'm right near JC but didn't smell anything; didn't even know about it until I heard it on the news. Sounds like it was the smell of the stuff that is used to make natural gas have an odor so that it can be detected when it leaks. But apparently there was no leak of natural gas, from what the sensors detected. The latest I heard on Mon. night was that NYC officials thought the smell was coming from NJ (but then isn't that just like NYC to blame this kind of thing on Jersey? ;-) )
• United States
9 Jan 07
Yea, it's very interesting how the blame kept being shifted from NYC in Chelsea to Jersey City and Hoboken. I kept thinking, "NYC just doesn't want hysteria, so they'll blame it on NJ." You didn't even smell anything? Weird...I wonder why they can't track down the source. You think it would be a stronger smell coming from a certain area. Thanks for the response!
@NexPilot (58)
• United States
9 Jan 07
It was all around lower midtown all the way up to the upper eastside. The coasties, firemen, and Con-Ed were investigating but it doesn't appear to be a gas leakage since you can't smell pure gas anyway. There was a small pipe break in jersey city but that wasn't related. Now they're speculating it was harmless swamp gas. Bottom line is that we still don't know what it was. I wasn't in the city but from what I heard lots of people were freaked out. A handful of buildings were evacuated and things went normal again around noon.