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'Strange' and 'Foul' Odor Reported in North San Fernando Valley

Hidden within the Santa Susana Mountains is a large natural gas storage facility | Photo by bcgrote via Flickr
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An odor emanating in the northern San Fernando Valley prompted numerous calls to 9-1-1 this morning, beginning at 6:30 a.m.

But not to fear (yet), reports the Los Angeles Fire Department in an e-mailed alert and Twitter update: "Firefighters have determined the non-dangerous odor to be related to a Gas Company operation near Tampa/Sesnon. There is no danger, no injuries and no evacuations. The odor should soon dissipate."

The facility located in the Santa Susana Mountains abut Los Angeles' Porter Ranch neighborhood is among the largest underground gas fields in the United States. The odor was noticed as far as the 118 Freeway and Northridge to the south.

Related in that Nerdy Fact Way: Los Angeles is also the home to the third largest oil field in the country