A smell of citrus in the air

September 29, 2009 9:57:12 AM PDT
This coming Thursday and Friday, some New Yorkers may notice a citrus scent in the air. The New York City Office of Emergency Management says a planned natural gas release may cause an orangey smell in neighborhoods in upper Manhattan and the Bronx. It's routine -- and only a small amount of gas from a facility along the Hudson River in Upper Manhattan will be released. The gas contains an orange scent which some people may notice.

The Department of Environmental Protection will be on scene to monitor the natural gas release.

O.E.M. says the planned release of orange scented natural gas shouldn't stop New Yorkers from reporting natural gas leaks that have a distinctive rotten egg odor.

Natural gas leaks can be detected by any of the following:

Smell- a distinctive, strong odor similar to rotten eggs.
Sight- a white cloud, mist, fog, bubbles in standing water, blowing dust, or vegetation that appears to be dead or dying for no reason.
Sound - roaring, hissing or whistling from a natural gas source.

If you detect a gas leak, you should:

Leave immediately and take others with you.
Call 911.
If the odor is faint, open windows before leaving.
If you are outside, leave the area immediately.
Do not light a match or smoke, turn appliances or lights on or off (including flashlights), use a telephone, or start a car. Doing so can produce sparks that might cause the gas to explode.

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