Funky French Gas Cloud Makes England Smell Like Rotten Eggs

French Gas Cloud

A foul-smelling gas cloud leaked out of a chemical factory in northwest France and left an unpleasant stench across southeast England today. Winds blew the gaseous cloud and its accompanying funk over northwest France on Monday night and up into southeast England today.

The London Fire Brigade released several Tweets regarding the horrible gas cloud and its unpleasant smell:

Sussex Police reportedly received dozens of phone calls from locals residing in Hastings, Eastbourne and Brighton. People living in Kent also notified Sussex Police about the gas cloud and smell once the cloud made it way to UK shores. The gas cloud was emitted from a factory located in northern France.

The factory, which is home to Lubrizol France, is located near Rouen. This location lies 120 km (75 miles) northwest of Paris. The company, which develops additives for industrial lubricants and paint, stated that the gas was marcaptan (also known as methanethiol).

Internal operations director of the company, Pierre-Jean Payrouse, notified concerned citizens and news outlets that Lubrizol France was battling to plug the leak. The leak may be contained later this evening.

French Gas Cloud

Payrouse also spoke to RTL Radio about the gas cloud’s unpleasant smell:

It’s not so much a leak as a product that has decomposed, which smells very bad and which is escaping. An investigation is under way (into what happened) but our priority is to deal with the problem. The definite cause of the gas leak remains unknown.

The Health Protection Agency gave the following statement to The Daily Mail:

It is not toxic and has also been diluted before entering the air over England, so people should be reassured it will cause no harm. It is an unpleasant odor which may cause some people to feel slightly nauseous but it will dispel naturally.

The Paris police department let its residents know that the gas cloud posed no health risks. But they made sure to let people know that the gas smelled like a combination of “sweat, garlic and rotten eggs.”

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