PAULSBORO, NJ (CBS) — The mystery of the strange, strong smell that engulfed parts of South Jersey on Wednesday afternoon has been solved. A hazardous materials situation has been declared in Gloucester County after officials said a rotten egg smell was reported.
Gloucester County officials said the smell came from a tractor-trailer at a truck stop in East Greenwich. They say a trailer containing about 7,000 gallons of a chemical called Lubizol was leaking and causing the smell. It’s not a natural gas leak.
Gloucester County Hazardous Materials and Emergency Operations were on the scene, along with several fire departments. New Jersey environmental regulators have also responded to help.
The trailer company has a crew about to unload the chemical from the trailer. It is contained and non-toxic.
Eyewitness News spoke to a tanker driver, Barry Adams, who was there when the incident began. He says he pulled over and the tanker next to him started gurgling and bubbling and he started seeing smoke coming out.
“Parked next to the tanker truck which started belching fumes and smoke, vibrating. I kept hearing this loud, like an explosion, the pressure blowing, and I just knew it wasn’t was not well. When I came out and looked at him, he was just screaming. It would build up pressure, blow and fumes and smoke,” Adams said.
No injuries were reported. County officials are asking residents to stay indoors if possible.