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Posted at 10:12 AM ET, 02/10/2011

Mysterious odor stumps Md. officials--Do you smell it?

By Maggie Fazeli Fard
Residents of Maryland and West Virginia smell rotten eggs.(AP Photo/The Press of Atlantic City, Bill Gross)

A strange smell reminiscent of rotten eggs is pervading areas of Maryland and West Virginia, and state officials have no idea where it's coming from, reports WBALTV.

People in Montgomery, Prince George's and Frederick counties began calling in reports Wednesday that they had smelled mercaptan - a substance added to otherwise odor-free natural gas. Maryland officials then alerted the office of Jimmy Gianato, West Virginia's state director of Homeland Security and Emergency management, about a possible gas leak.

Gas facilities and pipelines in West Virginia were checked out by the state Department of Environmental Protection, Gianato told WBALTV, with no luck in finding a source. Md. state officials will continue to monitor the reports.

Are you dealing with a funky smell in your neighborhood? We hate to ask, but what does it smell like?

By Maggie Fazeli Fard  | February 10, 2011; 10:12 AM ET
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it is the stench of liberal defeat.

Posted by: RogerRamjet2 | February 10, 2011 10:53 AM | Report abuse

I eat one small bowl of chili and everyone starts whining.

Posted by: fish4 | February 10, 2011 12:18 PM | Report abuse

The blond contestant on American Idol was there recently

Posted by: pejochum | February 10, 2011 12:44 PM | Report abuse

Michelle Bachmann has been shooting her mouth off downtown.

Posted by: fluxgirl | February 10, 2011 1:36 PM | Report abuse

Ha - these are all funny comments!

But to be serious, I called Washington Gas yesterday morning because as soon as I opened our front door to walk my kids to the bus stop, the smell hit me. I really thought it was gas because of the rotten egg smell, and it seemed to be all over my neighborhood (in nw corner of Germantown close to Boyds and the lake at Black Hill Park). WG sent someone out, and he said that they were getting a lot of calls, and that it was most likely homes' sewage pipes venting out through the roofs. I was thinking that if it wasn't gas, then it maybe was a freight car leaving some stench as it passed on the tracks behind our neighborhood.

Posted by: princessbuttercup | February 10, 2011 2:05 PM | Report abuse

Yes, I've smelled it. My new neighbors unfortunately are from Ghana and you wouldn't believe the smells they generate. I start holding my nose as I'm approaching Laurel on Route 1.

Posted by: rpcv84 | February 10, 2011 4:36 PM | Report abuse

It's the smell of Hell thawing out here in Maryland. The durn prognosticatin' groundhog up north was all wrong.

Posted by: FedUpInMoCo | February 10, 2011 4:46 PM | Report abuse

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