Gassy smell shuts down Peace Arch crossing in Blaine

An odor like natural gas shut down the Peace Arch border crossing Thursday afternoon, Sept. 24.

The smell was first reported on the Canadian side around 2 p.m. as a possible gas leak. Authorities shut down traffic headed north on Interstate 5, detouring drivers at the State Route 543 truck route, about a mile south of Canada.

Around 3:30 p.m., the Canadian natural gas business FortisBC tweeted that the “odour” near the Peace Arch wasn’t natural gas. The freeway was expected to reopen shortly thereafter.

Washington state traffic cameras suggested any delays at the border were minor.