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Sulfur smell believed to be tidal-related, don't call 9-1-1

Posted: August 15, 2013 6:10:27 PM PDT

A sulfur-like odor being detected near shore areas is believed to be tidal-related. The odor was first reported to 9-1-1 this morning resulting in the response of the crew from the Harris Avenue to investigate. The crew could detect the odor, confirmed that it did not present a hazard, and ultimately linked the odor to organic decomposition in connection with the morning low tide and present atmospheric conditions.

With the return of the low tide this evening, calls into 9-1-1 are picking up for the same sulfur-like smell near coastal areas. Citizens are encouraged to not call 9-1-1 with questions or concerns about the odor unless they believe they are experiencing a natural gas emergency

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Media Contact:
Andy Day, Battalion Chief
Bellingham Fire Department
360.778.8400 
fire@cob.org

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