Deutsche Welle: Factory leak nauseates northern France — A gas leak smelling like rotten eggs has alarmed residents across northern France. Authorities said the vapor was harmless, though emergency phone lines were inundated with complaints of nausea and headaches.
BBC News: A Rouen resident told Reuters news agency the stench pervaded his home; “You can’t ventilate. There is nothing to do, it’s constantly in the room and it’s unbearable.” [...] It is a “Seveso” site – a classification named after an industrial leak in Italy in 1976 and entailing a high degree of supervision. A senior executive at the factory, Pierre-Jean Payrouse, said stopping the leak could take until the evening.
AFP: Headaches, sore throats and nausea were nevertheless among the complaints listed in calls made overnight to emergency lines in Paris by more than 10,000 people worried by the stink that had invaded their streets and homes. One Paris suburban resident, who asked not to be named, said he and his wife smelt gas when they woke early Tuesday with searing headaches: “I opened the windows and then realised the same smell was outside.”
AFP: Despite the official insistence that there was no danger, French social media were awash with people in the affected regions complaining of headaches and nausea from the gas that smelled like rotten eggs. “They’re all saying not to panic, but they said the same thing about the cloud from Chernobyl,” said mother-of-four Patricia Cousteau, referring to radioactive fallout that spread across Europe in 1986 after an explosion at a Ukrainian nuclear plant.
Yahoo! Sports: A French Cup last-32 game between third-division side Rouen and Olympique Marseille has been postponed because of a gas leak in the Normandy city, the Ligue 1 club said on Tuesday.
AFP: French ‘rotten egg’ stench invades England [...] “South Kent residents are being asked to keep doors and windows closed due to a gas cloud that is believed to have come across from France,” the fire and rescue service in the southeastern English region said.
Reuters: London’s Metropolitan Police tweeted: “We are aware of reports of a strong, noxious, gas-like smell in some South East London boroughs. No risks to public.”
AP: The factory in the northern city of Rouen is owned by Lubrizol, a subsidiary of investor Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway.
Published: January 22nd, 2013 at 3:54 pm ET