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Investigation begins into possible gas leak

LOCAL environmental authorities started investigating an apparent gas leak after residents in the city's northeast complained they were awakened by an unidentified odor.

The emergency center of the Shanghai Environmental Protection Bureau said the leak could be in Gaoqiao area in the Pudong New Area and the gas could be sulfur-bearing.

Experts said the leak should not be harmful to people's health as it didn't last long.

"Our team went to the scene right after getting the call this morning but the smell was soon gone," said Xi Ailing, a bureau official. "The investigation team tried to follow the smell but it disappeared very quickly."

No poisoning symptoms were reported yesterday among residents who claimed they had difficulty breathing due to the smell.

"I was dreaming about smelling a strange gas and had never thought that it had already filled my room when I woke up," a resident surnamed Zhang told Shanghai Evening Post yesterday.

Zhang, who lives on Zhuzhou Road in Hongkou District, was awoken by the gas about 4am yesterday. He said he thought he had forgot to turn off the gas valve in his home but later found the smell was coming from outside. Zhang called the police, who then informed the environmental bureau to check the area.

"The smell was suffocating and it was impossible to sleep," said another Hongkou resident surnamed Liu.

The same smell was also reported in Zhongyuan area of Yangpu District.

The bureau's emergency center said they were still checking the areas but it was hard to trace the precise origin of the leak.


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