Methane Ocean Stink Gets Westsiders Worried

Methane Ocean Stink Gets Westsiders Worried
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When many Westsiders woke up yesterday it was to the smell of the aftermath of a really rockin' house party.

Or, say Santa Monica authorities, it was a natural release of methane gas from the ocean. Either way, it was a party foul that had folks calling emergency authorities. Because Westsiders don't just sit around and let stuff stink. Unless it's a rare French cheese:

The L.A. Fire Department stated:

Allied agencies have told LAFD that a foul odor noted inland from the Santa Monica Bay this morning is an ocean-based natural occurrence.

The calls started coming in about 8:30 a.m. Sunday, and odor was detected in Santa Monica and West L.A., officials said.

The Santa Monica Fire Department said it was all natural and all good. Except for the smell:

This morning there was a large release of natural ocean floor methane released in the Santa Monica Bay. As a result, there was a strong odor of gas found around the city. This methane is not toxic and dissipates quickly.

[@dennisjromero / djromero@laweekly.com / @LAWeeklyNews]


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