May 3, 2021–1:28 p.m.
Officials have determined the origin of a natural gas odor that had firefighters responding to calls from one end of the county to the other on Monday.
According to Rome Fire Chief Troy Brock, a contractor working for the gas company was taking a tank of mercaptan out of service on the south side of the county.
Mercaptan is added to natural gas in order to make leaks more detectable since natural gas itself is odorless
As the mercaptan was being burned off, the humidity caused the odor to stay closer to the ground and spread.
Chief Brock said there was never any danger to the community.
The Rome Fire Department is investigating a number of calls reporting the odor of natural gas at multiple locations from the south end to the north end of the county.
So far, the source of the odor has not been determined and buildings that have been checked have been cleared.
Atlanta Gas Light is investigating.
We will have more information as it becomes available.
From Rome City Schools:
“Rome City Schools Officials are aware that a gas leak has been reported in the area. At this time, all Rome City schools are still in session. We will continue to monitor the situation. As always, the safety and security of our students, faculty and staff are our priority.”
Meanwhile, Pepperell High School students were moved into the gym for a brief period but classes resumed once the smell cleared.
From Georgia Northwestern Technical College:
“The City of Rome is investigating a gas leak near campus. No action needed for now. Monitor ALERT and social media for further instructions.”