Mysterious Odor Linked to New Jersey Man
on 1/9/2007 (3)
New York - The gas-like odor that hung over Manhattan's streets yesterday and killed six pigeons was gone Tuesday, but city officials were still trying to pinpoint its source -- and eyeing New Jersey native Gordy Smith.
|It stinks worse than Kevin Federline's post-Brittney career prospects!|
Charles Sturcken, a spokesman for the city Department of Environmental Protection, said Tuesday that his agency was pretty sure the source of the smell was from a set of low-rent apartments near New Jersey's industrialized waterfront, just across the Hudson River from New York.
"I'm no expert in wind, but I'm pretty sure it was blowing that way," said Strucken, pointing in one direction. "Which would mean the smell came from that way," he added, pointing in the opposite direction.
The strong odor, detectable from Manhattan's southern tip to well past Central Park, led to widespread panic as people held their noses, leapt into the icy Hudson River waters, and swam for mainland. About a two-dozen people were taken to hospitals on the island, half of which were non-gunshot related, said Fire Department spokesman Tony Sclafani.
There was no indication that the air was unsafe, though had anyone lit a match while the smell persisted, the entire island would have been destroyed said city officials.
The New York City Police Department, using trained bloodhounds usually reserved for missing suspect searches and the occasional good-natured leg humping, were able to track the source of the smell to the apartment of one Mr. Gordy Smith, though he was in the bathroom at the time and unavailable for comment.
According to friends, Mr. Smith had spent the previous night at the bars drinking and gone for lunch at a low-quality Mexican restaurant that afternoon where he ate many bean burritos. Coupled with his already gassy demeanor, this was clearly a recipe for disaster.
Sturcken said that the odor could have been caused by mercaptan, the chemical added to normally odorless natural gas to make it easily detectable, but he was unsure of how Mr. Smith's body was able to produce the massive amount of this chemical required to terrify all of Manhattan.
"We're left with a mystery, a big stinking mystery," he said.i0"<
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