DC fire officials: Smell coming from PG County dump not natural gas

D.C.’s bravest are putting the word out to residents of the District: the smell that emanated from a junkyard in Prince George’s County, Maryland, was not natural gas, so there’s no need to be worried.

According to D.C. Fire and EMS, the junkyard — which is adjacent to D.C. — produced an odor that was similar to the smell of natural gas, but was ultimately not a threat to the community.

The smell was reported in the Southern Avenue corridor over to Ritchie Road.

WTOP received several calls throughout the morning from concerned listeners reporting the smell of natural gas in the area.

D.C. Fire worked with other local agencies to dissipate the smell.

The smell disappeared around 10:30 a.m., but there was no identified cause.

Zeke Hartner

Zeke Hartner is a digital writer/editor who has been with WTOP since 2017. He is a graduate of North Carolina State University’s Political Science program and an avid news junkie.

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