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Fri May 10, 2013, 04:33 AM

Energy West official: Scratch-and-sniff cards to blame for gas smell in downtown Great Falls

Reports of a natural gas smell sparked the evacuation of several buildings in downtown Great Falls on Wednesday morning, but it turns out scratch-and-sniff cards were to blame and not a widespread gas leak.

Nick Bohr, general manager at Energy West, said workers at the company were cleaning out some storage areas and discarded several boxes of scratch-and-sniff cards that it sent out to customers in the past to educate them on what natural gas smells like.

“They were expired, and they were old,” Bohr said. “They threw them into the Dumpsters.”

When the cards were picked up by sanitation trucks and crushed, “It was the same as if they had scratched them.”

http://www.greatfallstribune.com/article/20130508/NEWS01/305080010/Energy-West-official-Scratch-sniff-cards-blame-gas-smell-downtown-Great-Falls?nclick_check=1



People stand on the sidewalk in downtown Great Falls after being evacuated due to widespread reports of a natural gas smell in the area.

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Reply Energy West official: Scratch-and-sniff cards to blame for gas smell in downtown Great Falls (Original post)
Rhiannon12866 May 2013 OP
Warren DeMontague May 2013 #1
Rhiannon12866 May 2013 #2
libodem May 2013 #3
valerief May 2013 #4
Rhiannon12866 May 2013 #5

Response to Rhiannon12866 (Original post)

Fri May 10, 2013, 04:36 AM

1. Whoops.

Here's hoping they cancel next month's project, where they send out cards to educate people on what a sewer spill smells like.

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Response to Warren DeMontague (Reply #1)

Fri May 10, 2013, 04:40 AM

2. ROFL!

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Response to Rhiannon12866 (Original post)

Fri May 10, 2013, 12:36 PM

3. One of my all time favotite movies

Is a John Water's film called, Polyester. It was a scratch and sniff movie that came with a card of 6-8 smells to scratch during designated scenes. The gas smell was for when she tried to stick her head in the oven.

I need to see it again. Thanks for reminding me.

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Response to Rhiannon12866 (Original post)

Fri May 10, 2013, 12:39 PM

4. That's just plain, old funny!

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Response to valerief (Reply #4)

Fri May 10, 2013, 11:42 PM

5. My cousin briefly lived and worked in Great Falls

After what she told me, this comes as no surprise...

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