Rotten egg smell across Gloucester County prompts 911 calls

PAULSBORO, N.J. (CBS) — The mystery of the strange, strong odor that overwhelmed parts of South Jersey on Wednesday afternoon has been solved. A hazmat situation was declared in Gloucester County after officials say a rotten egg smell was reported. 

Gloucester County officials say the odor came from a tractor-trailer at a truck stop in East Greenwich. They say a trailer containing about 7,000 gallons of a chemical called Lubizol was venting and causing the smell. It is not a natural gas leak. 

Gloucester County hazmat and emergency operations were on the scene, as well as multiple fire departments. New Jersey environmental regulators also responded to assist. 

The trailer company has a team on the way to offload the chemical from the trailer. It is contained and not toxic.

Eyewitness News spoke to a tanker driver, Barry Adams, who was right there when the incident started. He says he pulled up and the tanker next to him started gurgling and bubbling and he started seeing some smoke coming out.  

“Parked next to the tanker that started spewing out fumes and smoke, vibrating. just kept hearing this loud, like an explosion, pressure blowing off, and I just knew it wasn’t right. When I got out and looked at it, it was just screaming. It would build up pressure, blow off and the fumes and smoke,” Adams said.

No injuries have been reported. County officials are asking residents to stay indoors if possible. 


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