POSTED: Wednesday, July 16, 2014 - 6:00pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, July 16, 2014 - 6:09pm
Authorities say an odor that prompted a voluntary evacuation of about 100 homes in suburban Philadelphia is due to an organic compound coming from the sump pumps in the basements. Chris Clackum reports.
(NBC News) A mystery odor in a Skippack, Pennsylvania neighborhood overnight Sunday caused residents to evacuate their homes just to be safe.
The odor settled over about one-hundred homes in the Philly suburb Sunday night, and residents reported that it was not only foul but also scary.
"As soon as I walked in the house I was like, you gotta get the kids out...something don't smell right," said area resident Matt Loughan.
Originally the Skippack Fire Department registered high readings of what they thought was hydrogen cyanide, a bi-product of fires that can be deadly in high concentrations, but ruled that out by early Monday morning.
Environmental Officials have not yet determined what caused the odor.
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