October 6, 2005
ABC 7, WJLA/NewsChannel 8
Washington (AP) - D.C. officials still don't know what's causing the strange odors reported last week and again last night in parts of the city.
Dozens of calls continue to come in at Washington Gas for reports of strange odors - mostly in Northeast Washington.
Officials say they've checked out the complaints, but it's not a gas leak.
Thomas Henschen of Washington Gas says they received 120 complaint calls for the odor last night and 50 on Tuesday night.
Officials from the utility and D.C. government testified at a D.C. Council hearing Thursday that they'll continue to search for the cause.
D.C. Fire Battalion Chief Brian Lee says one possibility is the stagnant water used at Smith's Recycling Center, which is located just across the border in Prince George's County.
An air quality analyst says weather conditions could help the odor to spread.
Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press.