PHOENIX (AP) — Phoenix fire officials say they think they know what caused a big stink that prompted 250 calls over two hours, with some people complaining of nausea and headaches.

Investigators believe the late Sunday night odor in a west Phoenix neighborhood was caused by a purged propane line at a storage facility.

One resident, Debra Hill, says the smell was similar to strong onions and garlic. She says it gave her a runny nose and burned her sinuses and eyes, and she says she saw one neighbor vomit.

The Phoenix Fire Department has ruled out natural gas as the cause of the odor.

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  1. Elaine says:

    I hope they find a logical explanation for this; however, I do hope they check into it because:
    White Phosphorus (WP)
    … on the U.S. Use of Napalm-Like White Phosphorus Bombs Democracy Now! … to yellow translucent wax-like substance with a pungent, garlic-like smell. …. By one process, tri-calcium phosphate, the essential ingredient of phosphate rock, …

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