DEC investigating bad smell in Webster |

DEC investigating bad smell in Webster

Updated: January 24, 2020 05:47 PM
Created: January 24, 2020 04:55 PM

WEBSTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — Many Webster residents are wondering what is causing the smell in Webster.

The Webster Highway Department says it seems to cover a large area, from Route 250 to Whiting Road, as far north as Lake Ontario.

Officials in Webster want to reassure residents that they are investigating to try and find out what the smell is and if it’s harmful.

Webster’s Superintendent of Highways, Joseph Herbst, says the first call about the smell came in on Wednesday at around 5:30 p.m. off of Holt Road.

He says when the Fire Marshall went out to investigate, he couldn’t find anything.

We’re told the calls kept coming in from there, so other departments and the State Department of Conservation (DEC) began investigating too.

We’re told they’re working through a process of elimination to try and find a common denominator, but so far, they’ve come up empty-handed.

Webster officials say the DEC doesn’t have any record of any recent spills, and after contacting all the commercial and industrial businesses in the area, they still can’t find anything.

"I have myself smelled it, gone to residents houses and but it's not nearly as strong as what they had before, prior to me getting there, but I have smelled it,” Herbst said. “We're so entwined in our brain to know blueberry, gas, we all know what the smells are and this no one has been able to pinpoint, I've gotten anywhere from turpentine to nail polish remove to Lysol, the description of the smells are all over the place.”

Town officials learned on Friday that on Jan. 8, there was a 2.1 magnitude earthquake eight miles off the point of Sodus.

After the earthquake, there were complaints of a suspicious odor coming from the lakeshore towns of Williamson, Sodus and Ontario.

At this point, officials can’t say for sure whether the smells are connected, or it’s just a coincidence.

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