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Columbia Gas and Columbus Division of Fire responding to another odor in the Columbus area

Friday, December 23, 2016
Columbia Gas of Ohio and the Columbus Division of Fire are once again receiving calls of an odor in the Columbus area. So far, we have not found any evidence that natural gas is responsible for the odor.

Natural gas has a sharp and distinctive odor, often described as “rotten eggs.” The odor includes sulfur, the same compound that produces an odor after a match is struck.

Customers who aren’t sure what natural gas smells like can call Columbia Gas to request that a “scratch and sniff” card be mailed to them.

In addition to smelling an odor, you may see or hear indications of a natural gas leak. They may include a damaged connection to a gas appliance, dirt or water being blown into the air, bubbles in water over or near a gas line, and a hissing, whistling, or roaring sound near a gas line or appliance.

Anyone who believes they smell natural gas should leave the area, go a safe place, and then call 911 and Columbia Gas at 1-800-344-4077. Our crews are responding to each call, investigating to determine if natural gas is present.

Columbia Gas appreciates the tireless work of the Columbus Division of Fire in responding to the many calls received this week.