Kingston Fire and Rescue respond to several reports of gas leak
Kingston Fire and Rescue respond to several reports of gas leak
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Kingston Fire and Rescue are responding to more than 10 reports of a smell of gas across the city.

 
The reports started to come in at about 3:30 p.m. They vary in location from downtown to the Inner Harbour area to Glenburnie.
 
Fire Chief Shawn Armstrong said they are investigating each case but have not found anything yet.
 
Utilities Kingston posted a notice that the “rotten egg smell” is associated to natural gas in the city central areas.
 
“Although the smell of mercaptan is strong, the concentration is very low and there is no health and safety risk to the public or our workers,” said the notice said.
 
“Before natural gas is delivered to your home, mercaptan is added to it, which gives the gas a sulphur or “rotten egg” smell to help detect leaks. Utilities Kingston was conducting maintenance at its Railway Street natural gas regulating station, which reduced gas pressure, and didn’t reduce the odorant that is added. This resulted in over-oudorized gas being distributed throughout the municipal gas distribution system in Central Kingston.”
 
Utlities Kingston said its technicians will investigate every report and encourage residents to continue to call 613-546-1181, ext. 2151, if they suspect a leak.