Sulfur smell at Bellingham waterfront likely from low tides


BELLINGHAM - Residents near the waterfront have reported a strong sulfur smell at various times since Thursday, Aug. 15.

Many people called 911 fearing a natural gas leak, according to Bellingham Fire Department.

Fire crews smelled the odor and confirmed it didn't pose a hazard. After some investigation, they determined it is likely coming from organic decomposition during low tides. Current weather conditions are contributing to the problem.

People near the water who detect a sulfur-like smell during low tides are asked not to call 911 unless they believe there is a natural gas leak.

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