December 11 2013 Latest news:
Thursday, September 5, 2013
A strong smell of gas that has been hanging over Great Yarmouth, Gorleston and Lowestoft could have come from as far away France.
More than 200 people called the National Grid emergency number yesterday to report an unpleasant pong which could be smelled throughout Yarmouth and Cobholm to Southtown, Gorleston, Burgh Castle, Bradwell and down towards Lowestoft.
No gas leaks were found, however, with a spokesman for the gas board saying no faults had been found in their network.
Engineers checked homes last night and are today following up reports of gas smells in the open.
“We had just over 200 calls between 3.30pm and 8pm,” said a National Grid spokesman.
“We checked all properties that had reported a smell of gas last night.
“Sometimes these smells can come from overseas as happened in the South East earlier this year when a smell of gas which came over from France resulted in a large number of calls.
“Smells of gas can also come from ships and oil rigs.
“However it is important that if people smell gas or have concerns about gas safety that they call us on 0800 111 999 so we check the local gas network and ensure there is no problem.”