Sunday, February 28, 2016

Smell of Gas Leak in Melbourne and Palm Bay

UPDATE: Source of Gas Smell In West Melbourne and Palm Bay Found

MELBOURNE, Florida - Residents of central and south Brevard County have been smelling a natural gas odor for the last few days but local authorities have been unable to track down the source of the gas leak.

The smell of gas seems to be strongest in Melbourne, Palm Bay, and West Melbourne, according to the number of reports by Brevard County residents on Facebook.

The strong smell of gas has flooded 911 operators to the point that the City of Palm Bay Police Department has asked residents to stop calling the emergency line about the gas odor.

"Emergency services officials are aware of the odor. At this time the Brevard County Sheriff’s office has determined that the odor is originating from the City of Melbourne and they are actively investigating to identify the source," the Palm Bay Police Department posted on its Facebook page. "We ask that residents please refrain from calling the Palm Bay Police Department regarding the odor to avoid inundating the emergency services lines."

"Every jurisdiction has been chasing the odor. City Gas is aware and doesn't have answers," Brevard County Fire Rescue tweeted to the West Melbourne Police Department.

Photo: A natural gas line. Credit: Wikicommons