What’s that smell in the Austin air?

AUSTIN (KXAN) — On Wednesday, multiple calls were made to the Austin Fire Department and 911 reporting an odor across the city. But what is the smell?

AFD said it is a gas odor, which is “a normal occurrence of oil field odor” coming from the Luling area, the agency said on social media. Furthermore, the odor has made its way into Austin “during a wind pattern shift after a cold night.

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The odor from the oil fields can be smelled in the area when the south winds return after a cold, still night. The sulfur smell collects at the ground instead of dissipating like normal, so in the morning the wind brings up the smell and it spreads across the city, according to AFD.

AFD said there is no need to report “non specific outdoor odors.” However, the agency said you can call and report if there is a specific location “related to natural gas or an indoor odor.”

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