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Court house metro station smelled like rotten eggs
  • novasteve February 7, 2013 - 9:11 am #65344 Reply

    any explanation?

    1234 February 7, 2013 - 9:17 am #65347 Reply


    novasteve February 7, 2013 - 9:41 am #65349 Reply

    Yes, I’m very aware that sulfur compounds are what causes the rotten egg smell, but why would there be sulfur compounds in a metro station?

    JamesE February 7, 2013 - 10:21 am #65359 Reply

    That was me, ate a lot of protein last night

    John Fontain February 7, 2013 - 10:32 am #65360 Reply

    I saw a piece of litter on the street this morning.  Any explanation?

    YTK February 7, 2013 - 11:17 am #65369 Reply

    L’Enfant Station smelled like sewage– i took the first train — going in the WRONG direction just to get away from the stench

    CrystalMikey February 7, 2013 - 11:32 am #65379 Reply

    The Ghost of the Court House Taco Bell….

    newty25 February 7, 2013 - 12:11 pm #65382 Reply

    I used to eat at that Taco Bell all of the time. Ah… good memories.

    VaGurl February 7, 2013 - 1:39 pm #65400 Reply

    Its most likely the breaks….. occurs every now and then. could also be the sewer smell filtering through underground:


    novasteve February 7, 2013 - 4:11 pm #65434 Reply

    It’s not the breaks. I know that smell. This smell like someone had lit off a stink bomb 30 minutes earlier. I almost gagged it smelled so bad. Not the same smell as brakes.

    newty25 February 7, 2013 - 5:38 pm #65462 Reply

    He who smelt it, dealt it.

    KathyInArlington February 7, 2013 - 6:14 pm #65463 Reply

    I have been told by station attendants that it is the brakes on some of the trains.

    fedworker February 7, 2013 - 6:56 pm #65465 Reply

    And I trust Metro   ;-\

    22201 for 12 February 8, 2013 - 9:26 am #65478 Reply

    I did not smell it, but the rotten egg smell (nominally H2S or other compounds with S-Hydrogen groups in them) can indicate a gas leak from somewhere.  Natural gas is odorless so small amounts of S-H containing compounds are added to make detection easier.  Not sure how strong the odor was at this sighting (smelling), but if it was as strong as Novasteve claims, AND it was a gas leak, there would have been a dozen trucks there within seconds.  This is what happened in Colonial Village a few weeks back in the middle of the night.  Thus- I do not have a clue what this was.  Prank with a stink bomb?  Someone probably knows as there are gas sensors in there- at least there used to be.

    To clarify, as some folks are doing above: Sulfur has no smell.  Compounds where S has been combined with other elements, particularly H, do.

    Brakes do not smell like this.  That is an entirely different sort of nasty.  I believe these are more like phenolic resins.

    John Fontain February 8, 2013 - 9:28 am #65481 Reply

    steve said: “It's not the breaks. I know that smell. This smell like someone had lit off a stink bomb 30 minutes earlier.”

    So if you know the smell is a stink bomb, why did you ask the question in the first place?

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