Fumes stink up Solana Beach neighborhood on Oct. 22

By Claire Harlin
Staff Writer

A community member’s attempt to rinse out a propane tank in his yard led to the voluntary evacuation of most of the homes on the 800 block of Juanita Street in Solana Beach on Oct. 22, said Jim Sturtevant, battalion chief of the Rancho Santa Fe Fire Protection District, which encompasses Solana Beach.

Officials arrived on the scene around 11 a.m. to find people coming out of their homes covering their noses and mouths. What exactly was that smell?
Since propane is an odorless gas that is particularly harmful, a foul-smelling gas is added so people can recognize a leak. That additive is called methyl mercaptan, and those living around Juanita Street received a good smell of it that day.

Why did this neighbor choose to rinse a propane tank in his yard? Apparently, Sturtevant said, he attempted to recycle the tank but was told it must be rinsed with water.

The gas did enter the storm drain, but it was not as bad as it smelled, Sturtevant said. Officials from the San Diego County Hazardous Waste Division and the Department of Environmental Health arrived on the scene to test the waste, and their readings showed no indication of harm.

Related posts:

  1. Solana Beach Annual Bulky Item Clean-Up Day is Oct. 22
  2. East Solana Beach residents take issue with lane reduction plan
  3. Solana Beach may be raising environmental bar even higher
  4. Holiday to delay trash and recycling pick up
  5. Solana Beach City Council OKs trash collection rate hikes

Short URL: http://www.delmartimes.net/?p=28755

Posted by Staff on Oct 31, 2011. Filed under News, Solana Beach. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

Leave a Reply

Archives

Facebook

Bottom Buttons 1

Bottom Buttons 2

Bottom Buttons 3

Bottom Buttons 4

Bottom Buttons 5

Bottom Buttons 6

LA JOLLA NEWS

RSS LA JOLLA NEWS

  • FRONTLINE CANCER: Exercise, exercise, exercise!
    Regular exercise improves health in ways most of us already know. It helps control weight, maintain strong bones, muscles and joints, reduce the risk of heart disease, diabetes and premature death. Exercise quite literally makes us feel better, physically and mentally. […]
  • Hunger Games in the Real World
    At age 6, Nya, a girl living in San Diego, was suffering from malnourishment because her father, a single parent was struggling to raise (and feed) his children on an $11-an-hour job. For long periods of time their cupboards were bare, and Nya, who is now 18, subsisted on a diet of ramen noodles and free lunches provided by her charter school. She was in cri […]
  • Fall brings the call to learn something new
    Local gems like UCSD Extension, Osher Lifelong Learning, La Jolla Community Center and La Jolla Library all offer a variety of opportunities for personal growth — and all welcome newcomers. […]

RANCHO SANTA FE NEWS

RANCHO SANTA FE NEWS

RSS RANCHO SANTA FE NEWS