OOOoooo That Smell ( Apologies to Lynyrd Skynyrd)
New York City officials are looking for the origin of a noxious smell that engulfed parts of Manhattan and New Jersey this morning, sickening at least 27 people.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg said a ``small gas leak'' was reported in the downtown Greenwich Village neighborhood. Later, Consolidated Edison Inc. spokesman Chris Ohlert denied any leak in the utility's system.
Mayoral spokesman Stu Loeser said the mayor was acting on information City Hall had at the time and now ``wasn't disputing'' ConEd's account.
New York Emergency Management Director Joseph Bruno said 27 people had called emergency services reporting that they were ``feeling ill from the smell,'' which was reported from Battery Park in Lower Manhattan to Midtown.
Maybe someone was burning off the last remnants of trans fats?