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.
Odeur de soufre ressentie sur plusieurs départements vraisemblablement liée aux récentes intempéries. Prise en compte, cette odeur ne correspond a aucune intervention particulière en cours. Merci de ne composer le 18-112 qu'en cas d'urgence avérée. pic.twitter.com/oIwODSbgzY— @PompiersParis (@PompiersParis) May 10, 2020
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…”
.ce pourrait être lié aux brassage des réseaux d’assainissement à cause des fortes pluies qui fait remonter les gaz de décomposition... hypothèse à confirmer...— Emmanuel GREGOIRE (@egregoire) May 10, 2020
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.