Ill wind blows nobody any good
A foul smell left residents in the west end of Bay Roberts holding their noses and wondering where the obnoxious odour was coming from early last week.
The odour was strongest in the Farm Road/ New Found Lane area near Birch Hills.
Kelly Dawson, who lives on Newfound Lane, told The Compass he first detected the smell early Monday evening, Feb. 13.
Dawson said the odour was probably at its worst between 6 and 7 p.m. It remained in the air for the rest of the evening and didn’t abate until around 11 p.m. or midnight.
“It was really bad out by the door,” Dawson said.
The Bay Roberts Volunteer Fire Department was called to the scene to investigate what had been reported to be a chemical or fuel smell.
Fire Chief Clarence Russell suggested the odour could have originated from outside the Town of Bay Roberts. Russell said the odour was also noticed in neighbouring Clarke’s Beach.
Recalling early last summer a strange odour in Bay Roberts was traced back to a chicken farm on Roaches Line, where a barn had been cleaned out, he said the wind was coming from that same direction Monday night. Russell said he called the farm to check it out, but couldn’t get any answer.
Kelly Dawson said he also recalled that incident last summer. But he said, “it didn’t smell like that to me — it definitely wasn’t that same smell.” He said it was more like the smell of diesel or oil. “And there was hardly any wind last night.”
As of late last week, the source of the odour remained a mystery.