Officials: Foul smell in Lake Charles air poses no safety risk - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Officials: Foul smell in Lake Charles air poses no safety risk

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On Monday, KPLC received reports from concerned viewers about a foul smell in the air around Lake Charles.

An official with the Calcasieu Parish Office of Emergency Preparedness said they have not received any reports of releases.

The official said this particular smell, described as one similar to that of rotten eggs, goes with the normal refinery emissions that generally dissipate with the wind.

Because the wind was relatively calm on Sunday, the emissions did not dissipate. Additionally, the light winds Monday may have blown the smell into nearby areas.

The most likely culprit is sulfur dioxide, which is not a safety risk and which is associated with a rotten egg smell.

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