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What's that smell? San Luis Obispo's fire department is trying to find out

City officials are still trying to determine what caused the gaseous odor at the southern end of San Luis Obispo this morning.

The mysterious smell was most noticeable around South Higuera Street, Tank Farm Road and Prado Road and led multiple people to call police about the stink. San Luis Obispo Fire Department activated its emergency operations center and has people in the field trying to track down the source.

Rodger Maggio, spokesman for the emergency operations center, said the last complaint about the smell was received around 10:30 a.m.

"It seems to be dissipating but at this point we still have not determined what the odor originated from," said Maggio.

The San Luis Obispo Fire Department is coordinating efforts with the Gas Company, the water treatment plan, air pollution control officials and the county environmental health department to eliminate obvious sources, he said.

-AnnMarie Cornejo


Residents in the southern end of San Luis Obispo are smelling what they say seems like a natural gas leak.

The mysterious smell is most noticeable around South Higuera Street, Tank Farm Road and Prado Road.

Multiple people have called police about the stink. The San Luis Obispo Fire Department is activating its emergency operations center and has people in the field trying to track down the source, said Fire Captain Bob Bisson.

“A lot of folks are saying that it smells like natural gas but we haven’t confirmed that yet,” he said. “We are not exactly sure what it is yet but everybody is smelling something.”

The fire department is coordinating efforts with the sewage treatment plant, also on the south end of town, and the Gas Company to determine the source.

“We are operating under the presumption that it could be a gas leak,” Bisson said.

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