Sulfur odor in Paris and Île-de-France: analyses are ongoing

Published by Caroline J. · Photos by My B. · Published on 11 May 2020 at 09h12 · Updated on 12 May 2020 at 12h23
Last Sunday evening, Paris and Ile-de-France inhabitants have been disturbed by a strange sulfur odor in the air for some and a smell of burning for others. If internet users have shared their worries on social network, Paris firefighters attribute these smells to the sever storms this weekend. Analyses are ongoing to determine the origin. Results should be known later today.

If you live in Paris or in Ile-de-France, you may have smelled a sulfur odor or a smell of burning this past Sunday evening when opening your windows. Some inhabitants even shared their worries on social networks.

Facing this mysterious smell in the air, Paris firefighters have said on Twitter that it matched “no special ongoing mission”. According to them, this smell could be related to the severe storms this weekend.

Tweet reads: “Sulfur odor smelled in several departments probably related to the latest storms. Taken into account, this smell matches no special ongoing mission. Please call 18-112 only in case of real emergency.”

Paris first deputy mayor Emmanuel Grégoire sticks to this hypothesis: “This could be linked to the mix of sanitation networks because of the severe rains that raised the decomposing gas… Hypothesis to be confirmed…”

 

Tweets read: “No fire or industrial accident has been notified. The “sulfur” odor could be linked to the severe rains. Checks are ongoing.” / “This could be linked to the mix of sanitation networks because of the severe rains that raised the decomposing gas… Hypothesis to be confirmed…”

Facing the uncertainty, the Police headquarter laboratory has performed samples to determine the origin of this sulfur odor. First results of this analysis are expected “later today” the Paris city hall said this May 11th.


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