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W.Va., Md. Search For Source Of Strange Odor

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia officials say they’ve had no luck finding the source of a mysterious odor along the state’s border with Maryland.

The state director of Homeland Security and Emergency Management says Maryland authorities alerted West Virginia about a possible gas leak Wednesday.

Jimmy Gianato says people in Maryland were calling to report they’d smelled mercaptan. That’s the substance added to natural gas to make it smell like rotten eggs.

Gianato says the state Department of Environmental Protection checked with gas facilities and pipelines on the West Virginia side, but no one reported any leaks.

Maryland’s Department of Emergency Management says it received reports about the odor from Frederick, Prince George’s and Montgomery counties.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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