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Mysterious odor prompts evacuation of 100 homes in Pa.

A mysterious odor has prompted the evacuation of about 100 homes in Pennsylvania.

A fire chief tells WPVI-TV in Philadelphia that crews haven't pinpointed the cause of the odor, but they've gotten high readings of hydrogen cyanide in about 100 homes in a Skippack Township neighborhood. Chief Haydn Marriott tells the TV station they don't actually think the odor is hydrogen cyanide, but some other chemical. Reports of the noxious smell started coming in at about 7 p.m. Sunday.

About 150 evacuees have taken shelter in Skippack Elementary School. Some residents went to a hospital as a precaution and were released.

Two energy companies operating in the area tell the Philadelphia Inquirer they tested their natural gas systems and determined they aren't the source of the smell.

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dolli44 July 14 2014 at 12:15 PM

I agree with the poster that said fracking could be the culprit. Since the companies that are doing the fracking aren't required to reveal exactly what chemicals they are utilizing to frack, the public can only wait-and-see what havoc is wrought with their environment.

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Doug July 14 2014 at 11:11 AM

So, that stink from the White House has reached Pennsylvania.

It's sad.

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jktkw July 14 2014 at 6:38 AM

that whole area has always stunk to me

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bambi4318.barbara July 14 2014 at 11:47 AM

Probably coming from all the fracking going on in Penna.

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alfredschrader July 14 2014 at 9:59 AM

Sounds like the test revealed a leak.

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stengernc July 14 2014 at 8:30 PM

Fracking...did anyone check to see if fracking is going on within a mile of the homes in question? The toxic brew of chemicals used in Fracking for gas and oil will kill you.

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billcdaly July 14 2014 at 6:31 PM

Frack You energy companies. We know your are responsible.

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garys77 July 14 2014 at 11:41 AM

Pa is a big state could we narrow the location a bit.

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erink91321 July 14 2014 at 10:00 AM

Those same odors are in Florida as well primarily around the Tampa Bay and Pasco County areas. No one knows yet where they are coming from but the theory is that they are related to escavation of Forest land and wilderness areas and that is bringing long dormant Tropical Diseases up from deep underground and there has been a dramatic rise in Respiritory and other Ailments since the escavations began

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billcdaly July 14 2014 at 10:00 AM

Sorry meant to say Frack You.

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