Mys­tery ‘gas’ smell alarms hun­dreds

Western Mail - - NEWS -

HUN­DREDS of peo­ple across south Wales re­ported a smell of gas to the au­thor­i­ties yes­ter­day.

The “strong smell” of gas was re­ported in Whitchurch, Cardiff, to Merthyr Tyd­fil, Nanat­garw and Pon­typridd.

Wales and West Util­i­ties for south Wales said there was “no in­di­ca­tion” the in­ci­dent was re­lated to its net­work.

It said there were “no read­ings of gas in the air” and that the smell had not been caused by a leak from its net­work, but that it had re­ceived more than 700 calls about it.

A spokesman for South Wales Fire and Res­cue Ser­vice said it had sent crews to Tre­for­est and Troedyrhiw in­dus­trial es­tates but found no ev­i­dence of a leak.

Par­ents of Pon­typridd High School pupils were told about the prob­lem by text but which said the school’s build­ings were safe.

It stated yes­ter­day: “Pupils have been kept in­side as a pre­cau­tion. School will fin­ish as nor­mal.”

Richie Jones, Wales and West Util­i­ties gas emer­gency ser­vice man­ager, said: “We have re­ceived more than 700 calls re­port­ing a smell of gas along the A470 cor­ri­dor from Cardiff to Merthyr Tyd­fil.

“Our en­gi­neers are visit­ing af­fected ar­eas, but there are no read­ings of gas in the air and this smell has not been caused by a leak from our gas net­work.

“How­ever, if any­one smells gas, thinks they have a gas leak or sus­pects car­bon monox­ide poi­son­ing, they should call us on 0800 111 999.

“Trained col­leagues will take their call, give them ad­vice, and our en­gi­neers will be there to help, day or night.”

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