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Mystery Stench: Do You Smell Something Stinky?

A mysterious rotten egg smell has been reported around the Los Angeles basin and the South Coast Air Quality Management District is investigating its source.

If you smell something stinky in the air and are wondering who's responsible, you're not alone.

A strange, sulphuric "rotten egg" smell has been reported around the Los Angeles basin, and the South Coast Air Quality Management District announced Monday that it's trying to find out where it's emanating from.

"Since around midnight last night, AQMD has received more than 100 calls reporting a strong, foul rotten egg/sulfur odor," the AQMD said in a statement. "Residents have complained from a very wide area including the Inland Empire and much of the Los Angeles Basin. Fish kills, algae blooms and other biologic conditions in lakes can cause strong odors. Industrial facilities such as wastewater plants also can cause sulfur odors. At this time AQMD hasn’t confirmed any source as the cause of the widespread odor."

The AQMD has promised to update residents on the source of the stench later in the day, so stay tuned to Patch for the latest on unexplained smells.

Gilda Moshir September 10, 2012 at 11:51 PM
To me, it smelled of rotted trash, not sulfur or egg related at all, I just mentioned it someone in the city and they were in awe, I guess they did not smell it, but for me it was really strong. First I thought maybe it's my house, then I smelled the same thing when I was at the gym this am...ugh
Julia K. September 11, 2012 at 03:26 PM
Yes, I smelled it in Victorville yesterday morning and blamed my husband, ha ha. They said on fox news this morning that the Salton Sea and weather patterns were to blame. Apparently the stench went as far as Chatsworth!

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