Mystery Stench: Do You Smell Something Stinky?

A mysterious rotten egg smell has been reported around the Los Angeles basin and the South Coast Air Quality Management District is investigating its source.

If you smell something stinky in the air and are wondering who's responsible, you're not alone.

A strange, sulphuric "rotten egg" smell has been reported around the Los Angeles basin and the South Coast Air Quality Management District announced Monday that it's trying to find out where it's emanating from.

"Since around midnight last night, AQMD has received more than 100 calls reporting a strong, foul rotten egg/sulfur odor," the AQMD said in a statement. "Residents have complained from a very wide area including the Inland Empire and much of the Los Angeles Basin. Fish kills, algae blooms and other biologic conditions in lakes can cause strong odors. Industrial facilities such as wastewater plants also can cause sulfur odors. At this time AQMD hasn’t confirmed any source as the cause of the widespread odor."

The AQMD has promised to update residents on the source of the stench later in the day, so stay tuned to Patch for the latest on unexplained smells.

Lara Leavitt September 10, 2012 at 07:49 PM
My husband and I have been smelling something on our street in Monrovia that seems like sewage off and on for the past week or two. I just commented this morning that we should call the city about it.
Suzy B. September 10, 2012 at 08:04 PM
Yes, I smell something stinky, too. I thought that it might be coming from our fish pond, but it looks clean so I couldn't figure out why the funny smell.
Gayle M. Montgomery September 10, 2012 at 08:51 PM
The sewage drain at the Chinatown Station has smelt so badly for the last few weeks I actually called LAPD to make sure there wasn't a dead body somewhere. That said, I just got a push notification that the 60 at the 605 has been closed for a container or oxygen tank that may explode. The day before 9/11, anything is possible, but I suspect/hope there's a more innocent answer than that.
Gayle M. Montgomery September 10, 2012 at 08:55 PM
I just got a push notification that the 60 has been reopened.
Gayle M. Montgomery September 10, 2012 at 09:23 PM
LA Times is reporting the quasi answer on the stench is from the fish kill at the Salton Sea. It makes sense. The drought/receeding water won't sustain the available fish population, and if the water isn't oxygenated enough, it's going to stink. The time cautions that this is not the definitive answer, but is close.
Holly Hale September 11, 2012 at 12:03 AM
And here I thought it was our famous Monrovia skunks! LOL:
Gayle M. Montgomery September 11, 2012 at 04:43 AM
Holly, you are right, Monrovia has more than its share of skunks, and there have been times I thought I would have a heart attack or "water the garden" if you know what I mean when I ran into one unexpectedly. But it is Azusa that is the city of skunks. Azusa is the town I grew up in, and it was sometimes referred to as having everything from A to Z in the USA. Grown up, and moved away, I wanted to know what the name meant and where it came from. I called City Hall and spoke to their historian. Depending upon whom you ask, Azusa was the home of a band of Indians with multiple sources. Some say Shoshone, some say Gabrielino, some say Fernandino, and most the of the quotes to the language tie to something called Tongva. According to the historian, the name of Azusa comes from the Tongva word Asuksagna. Some define it is place with water, but more definitions refer to it as skunk. Fact of the matter, when you pronounce the name as I was instructed, it sounds like what you would say if you got to close to a skunk's area (which could be blocks) and have that taste in your mouth you're trying to spit out. Ah-soook-sahg-na. Here's more on that. http://www.legendsofamerica.com/ca-sangabrielvalley2.html Funny story, and one I believe shouldn't be lost, just like Monrovia being named for Mr. Monroe and being the via to San Bernardino and/or LA.


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