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Mystery Odor Prompts Over 120 Calls To Delmarva, 911

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Claymont-Area – At around 3:00 Tuesday afternoon residents in Claymont and the surrounding area began calling 911 and reporting an odor of natural gas in their homes.

Several crews from area fire companies responded to the several locations and reported that they could smell the odor, however, they could not determine the source of the odor.

Although crews responded to several locations including, Archmere Academy, they did not find any readings at that those locations upon arrival.

Delmarva Power told First State Update that they received more than 120 reports of gas odor in the Claymont, Delaware area between approximately 3 and 3:45 p.m.

Although their crews conducted house to house investigations to safeguard all areas where the odor was reported, the cause of the odor is under investigation and no source of the floating odor associated with this event has been identified, according to Delmarva Power.

There are no issues with any Delmarva Power gas infrastructure that would have caused the floating odor event, read a statement from the company.

Social media reports that a leak had been found in a gas line could not be confirmed.

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