DEEP: Mystery smell in Meriden not hazardous - WFSB 3 Connecticut

DEEP: Mystery smell in Meriden not hazardous

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Firefighters searched for the source of a foul stench in downtown Meriden Friday afternoon. (WFSB photo) Firefighters searched for the source of a foul stench in downtown Meriden Friday afternoon. (WFSB photo)
MERIDEN, CT (WFSB) -

A mystery smell had crews scouring the city of Meriden Friday afternoon to determine the cause of it, and state officials said they believe the weather is making it worse.

Several people reported a natural gas or rotten egg-like scent wafting throughout the downtown area around 7 a.m.

"It's kinda a funny smell," said Ali Bolat, who was making pies at Meriden Pizza Express.

Firefighters were quick to say the smell was not gas. A representative from the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection said their crews investigated one of the worst affected areas, which was on Gracey Avenue.

DEEP officials said the smell was not hazardous, but there is "no apparent source" of the odor.

DEEP officials added that the weather may have played a factor in the odor traveling, so far in Meriden.

The incoming cold front is expected to cause the odor to "disperse."

Officials with Connecticut Light & Power said they received about 30 calls complaining about the odor.

"Dead something, rats something, it's just funky," said Anthony De-Von, of Meriden.

Residents told Eyewitness News they're just trying to stay off the streets until the smell goes away.

"We had to spray the inside because it's that terrible," said Bimael Acevedo, of Meriden. 

The DEEP Emergency Response Unit and members of the Meriden Fire Department have left the affected areas. 

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