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Sheriff: No danger from Hamilton County gas odor

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WESTFIELD -

Hamilton County dispatchers are receiving hundreds of calls from people in the Carmel area reporting an odor of natural gas.

Police checked with Vectren and learned that crews in the area of 156th St. and U.S. 31 were applying the distinctive odor additive to the gas supply and apparently used too much of the substance.

Dispatchers say people in this area are actually smelling the additive, not a gas leak. There is no danger to the public.

"People are safe. Mercaptan is an odorant that goes into the gas line so people can smell it. The actual odor itself and the state that it in is not flammable," said Westfield Fire Department Division Chief John Barrett.

The odor has begun to dissipate, but may still be noticeable overnight into Friday.

Statement from Vectren

"This afternoon Vectren Energy Delivery's (Vectren) odorant supplier overfilled the odorant tank at Vectren's Sheridan Regulator Station located in Westfield near US 31 and 156th St. The overfilling of the odorant caused excessive pressure to build up in the tank and odorant to leak out of the fittings. The station is located in a rural area just northwest of Carmel, and has been the cause of several gas odor calls to the fire department this evening.

"Crews are currently working to relieve the excessive pressure from the tank and mask the odor. The supplier will return tomorrow to install a mechanism to drain the excess odorant and permanently resolve the matter.

"While this odor is traveling through the air in this area, it is important for customers who believe they may have a natural gas leak in their home to leave the home immediately and call Vectren at 800-227-1376 or 911."

 

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