Official: Odor in Abington from chemical spill, not gas leak

ABINGTON, Pa. (AP) - December 27, 2010

Abington Township Fire Marshal Kenneth Clark says about a gallon of a substance believed to be mercaptan (mur-CAP'-ten) spilled on Monday. The chemical is added to natural gas to give it a detectable odor.

Clark says a container of the substance was accidentally punctured during snow removal at an Abington business. Strong winds carried the odor to neighboring townships, and Clark says hundreds of residents called authorities and utility companies.

He says residents are not in danger. A private company is analyzing the chemical to confirm its contents.

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