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Why Does San Pedro Smell Like Rotten Eggs?

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Workers at the Port of Los Angeles have been noticing a funky stank the past few days, and in response to reports filed, authorities launched an investigation and discovered there was definitely something afoul.

The stink was likened to rotten eggs, according to City News Service, and, not surprisingly, what was causing it was a spill of about 100 gallons of hydrogen sulfide.

Turns out workers in the shipping facility reported the smell three days ago, but there was no response until today.

The Los Angeles Fire Department says, however, that the spill is "static" meaning "a spill that was not increasing," per LAFD spokesman Erik Scott.

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Over 20 firefighters and a haz mat team were sent to the scene to check things out.

There were no injuries and no evacuations necessary.

A vacuum truck was sent over by Port officials to suck up the liquid compound associated with sewer gas. While the LAFD will monitor the scene until there's an all-clear, the Port has been handling the clean-up.

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