Reuters: Gas causing strong odor over Paris and large areas in western France — Migraines, irritations, nausea near plant — Some in Paris report “very strong odor of diesel fuel”

Published: January 22nd, 2013 at 12:34 am ET
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Agence France-Presse, 11:32p:

A gas leak at a chemical plant in the Normandy city of Rouen could be smelt as far away as the French capital, over 100 kilometres (more than 60 miles) away, Tuesday but is “not toxic,” officials said.

A chemical substance at the Lubrizol company in Rouen became unstable causing gas odors that are similar to those of town gas, a statement issued by the Seine-Maritime prefecture said, adding: “The gas has an unpleasant smell but is not toxic.” [...]

In the Seine-Maritime region around Rouen emergency services were bombarded with calls from alarmed citizens. [...]

Reuters, 10:02p:

A gas leak at a factory in France left a strong odor over Paris and large areas in the western part of the country early on Tuesday, police said. [...]

A police official told Reuters that [it's] a leak of mercaptan gas [...]

A news website, Tendanceouest, said the leak was from a Lubrizol plant that makes oil additives. The website said the sulfur smell from the gas was causing migraines, irritations and nausea around Rouen.

Several Paris residents reported a very strong odor of diesel fuel.

Published: January 22nd, 2013 at 12:34 am ET
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