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Odor of natural gas in Laconia linked to too much odor in gas main, utility says

Reports of suspected gas leaks kept Laconia’s Fire Department busy Wednesday afternoon and into the evening. Calls of possible gas leaks started around 2 p.m. and kept coming in when people got home from work. “My biggest concern is that we were going to have either multiple places with leaking or we were going to have fires,” said Laconia Fire chief Kirk Beattie.Laconia Fire said the first call of a possible gas leak came in around 2 p.m. from a nursing home on Court St, then the Laconia Police Department, Concord Hospital in Laconia and around 30 other businesses and homes in the southern and central parts of the city.”Currently we are not finding any actual gas levels in the buildings, in any of these,” Beattie said. Liberty Utilities officials said the problem seemed to be caused by too much odor in a new gas main. When a new main is installed, it’s treated with the odor that’s added to natural gas to let people know there’s a leak.”There was not a gas leak, but people thought it was gas leak because they were smelling the chemical that is meant to indicate that there is a gas leak,” said Emily Burnett with Liberty Utilities. A spokeswoman said the odor isn’t burning off as quickly as it should, but the utility believes the smell will dissipate by Thursday. She said there was no active leak.Both the utility company and the fire department said they aren’t concerned now but they do want you to call if you smell gas.”There is no threat that scent is not going to harm anybody. It will dissipate and again if they do suspect there is a leak separate from that issue we do encourage them to call us,” Burnett said.Laconia fire said a few people were evaluated because they were overcome by the smell but they are OK.

Reports of suspected gas leaks kept Laconia’s Fire Department busy Wednesday afternoon and into the evening.

Calls of possible gas leaks started around 2 p.m. and kept coming in when people got home from work.

“My biggest concern is that we were going to have either multiple places with leaking or we were going to have fires,” said Laconia Fire chief Kirk Beattie.

Laconia Fire said the first call of a possible gas leak came in around 2 p.m. from a nursing home on Court St, then the Laconia Police Department, Concord Hospital in Laconia and around 30 other businesses and homes in the southern and central parts of the city.

“Currently we are not finding any actual gas levels in the buildings, in any of these,” Beattie said.

Liberty Utilities officials said the problem seemed to be caused by too much odor in a new gas main. When a new main is installed, it’s treated with the odor that’s added to natural gas to let people know there’s a leak.

“There was not a gas leak, but people thought it was gas leak because they were smelling the chemical that is meant to indicate that there is a gas leak,” said Emily Burnett with Liberty Utilities.

A spokeswoman said the odor isn’t burning off as quickly…

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2021-06-16 21:36:00

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