Smelling Natural Gas in Greater Cincinnati This Morning? This Could Be Why

Catching a whiff of something odd outside?

click to enlarge Cincinnati might smell gassy this morning. - PHOTO: HAILEY BOLLINGER
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Cincinnati might smell gassy this morning.

Catching a whiff of something odd outside? If you are smelling natural gas this morning in Greater Cincinnati, the Hamilton County EMA wants you to know there might be a reason for that.

According to the agency, there was a "propane gas release" last night in St. Bernard and the odor from that event is on the move. They say "residents may notice this odor as the wind moves the gas release from West to East."

Various neighborhood group pages on social media, including Dayton, Kentucky's (which is private), were posting about the smell, with many reporting they had called Duke Energy. And FOX19 reported that early this morning firefighters and others responded to multiple reports of the gas smell in the 4700 block of Tower Avenue.

St. Bernard Police also reported on the smell, saying the "situation has been adjusted and residents are safe."


Natural gas and propane (a product made during natural gas processing) have no smell but companies add chemicals to them to make their odor known.

Duke Energy says, "Natural gas is a colorless, odorless gas. Duke Energy odorizes the natural gas we deliver through our natural gas system to smell like sulfur or rotten eggs. This added odorant enables natural gas to be detected in the event a gas leak occurs."

Although this mystery has been solved, it's always good to take precautions anytime you smell gas. Duke says to evacuate the area and call them at 800-634-4300.  Learn more about natural gas safety at duke-energy.com.

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