A foul-smelling cloud of gas escaped from a factory in northern France on Tuesday, prompting emergency calls about the foul-smelling cloud from France to the UK.
According to the Associated Press, France’s Interior Ministry released a statement saying the mercaptan gas escaping from the Rouen chemical factory is harmless.
Among other uses, mercaptan is added to otherwise odorless municipal gas to alert people of leaks.
While authorities reassured residents no to worry, winds carried the smell across hundreds of square miles.
Police in the coastal English town of Hastings reassured residents in a tweet with the hashtag “noneedtopanic” that mercaptan from Rouen was the likely cause of the odor.
Source: Associated Press