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Smelling natural gas around West Frankfort? Fire department says don't worry

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WEST FRANKFORT, IL (KFVS) -

The West Frankfort Fire Department says it has received several reports of people saying they smell natural gas around town.

Firefighters have investigated each report.

Good news: there is no sign of any dangerous gas showing up on the meters.

The fire department says this problem occurs often in the area during the winter.

According to the fire department, the likely cause is hydrogen sulfide gas that is the byproduct of oil wells or coal mines in the area.

Firefighters say in high concentrations these gases can be dangerous.

However, when outside in the open air, they generally will not reach levels high enough to be harmful.

The fire department says if you smell a strange odor inside your home, near a gas line or a gas meter, you are encouraged to call them.

Firefighters will gladly check it out for you.

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