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Natural gas ruled out as cause of ‘rotten egg’ smell near school

An email notice sent out to parents and guardians of students at Molly Brant Elementary School regarding a strong ‘rotten egg’ smell in the area

According to the Limestone District School Board, natural gas has been ruled out as the cause of a strong “rotten egg” smell in and around Molly Brant Elementary School on Wednesday, January 22, and classes are continuing as usual.

Jane Douglas, Communications Officer for the Limestone District School Board, confirmed that Kingston Fire & Rescue had responded to the Kingscourt Park-area school in the early morning and had ruled out natural gas as the source of the foul smell.

Douglas said that regular classes would continue despite the odour, with the possibility that recess time would be modified to be conducted indoors.

Some parents said they were opting to remove their child from the school for the remainder of the day, as the strong odour was giving them headaches.

“Certainly some students will have different sensitivities to odours,” said Douglas, confirming that it was each students’ and parents’ prerogative to determine for themselves whether to remain at school for the day under the circumstances.

According to Douglas, Kingston Fire & Rescue believe that the odour had been carried by strong winds from a nearby industrial site about 3 kilometres southwest of the school.

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2 thoughts on “Natural gas ruled out as cause of ‘rotten egg’ smell near school

  • January 23, 2020 at 1:05 am
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    Rotten egg smell. If still odor on Thurs morning then it is a gas leak.Gases can seep up through the soil and hence rotten egg smell. Look a little harder. This is why gas companies add chemicals to produce the smell. Personally I would check again.

  • January 23, 2020 at 9:39 am
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    We had this happen to us in Essex at Holy Name, they didn’t think it was gas either but there was a broken pipe under the ground next to the school…maybe check again

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