Explanation behind the foul odor being reported across Columbus again


Columbia Gas of Ohio says they're still receiving calls about an offensive odor in the Columbus area that has residents thinking there might be an unidentified gas leak.

Officials say they have not found any evidence that natural gas is responsible.

According to the gas company, "Natural gas has a sharp and distinctive odor, often described as 'rotten eggs'."

In addition to smelling an odor, you may see or hear indications of a natural gas leak.

10TV Meteorologists explain that the air pollutants get trapped at the surface due to what's known as temperature inversion near the surface. As the air warms then it moves up into the atmosphere causing the light winds to keeping the stagnant air in place.

Customers who aren't sure what natural gas smells like can call Columbia Gas to request a "scratch and sniff" card be mailed to them.

The company advised that anyone who believes they smell natural gas should leave the area, go to a safe place, and then call 911 and Columbia Gas at 1-800-344-4077.

Crews will respond to each call and investigate whether or not natural gas is present.