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What Was That Smell?

by ARLnow.com August 17, 2011 at 10:03 am 3,369 25 Comments

We still aren’t 100 percent sure where it came from, but last night a pervasive sulfur-like smell was reported in parts of Arlington and the District.

D.C. Fire and EMS investigated the smell, which was concentrated around the Foggy Bottom area, and later said that they “believe the Army Corps of Engineers drained a catch basin” in Georgetown, “resulting in stink.”

Via Twitter, Arlington residents told us where they caught a whiff of the foul odor.

“Something did smell odd near Virginia Square,” one Twitter user told us. Two other users agreed that Virginia Square was particularly odorous.

“Noticed the smell around Lyon Village,” said another Twitter user. “Particularly bad near Lee Hwy & Spout Run.”

“Crystal City was a little odd for a bit but that could just be normal Crystal City,” said yet another.

Others reported the smell along the GW Parkway, Lee Highway and Route 50, as well as in Hayes Park.

  • Jenn

    It was horrible – I smelled it near my office in Farragut Square, near Clarendon/Rosslyn, and near 50/George Mason. Glad to know the source!

  • JamesE

    I had some Taco Bell, sorry.

    • Novanglus

      You beat me to it. But I was gonna say District Taco.

      • JamesE

        I wouldn’t know since I can never find parking there.

  • Lynyrd Skynyrd stuck in my head now…thanks Arlnow!

    • LynyrdSkynyrd

      Ooh, ooh that smell
      Can’t you smell that smell?
      Ooh, ooh that smell
      The smell of death surrounds you.

      • YTK

        Lynyrd, we miss you — what has happened to music nowadays? Thems wuz the days!!!

  • Bluemontsince1961

    Some of the Congress critters sneaked back back from their vacations, ate too many bean burritos with extra jalapenos at Taco Bell/District, and started pontificating?

  • charlie

    stunk along the GW Parkway coming home.
    stunk in Ballston last night.

    some people say it is the Dismal Swamp Fire. Possible.

  • Nunya

    i have a dismal swamp fire in my pants.

  • Rosslynite

    It was probably just the stench of wasted money emanating from the Artisphere.

  • John Fontain

    The after effects of partiers capping off their night with a stop at Ben’s Chili Bowl.

  • BoredHouseWife

    what time yesterday? I smelled something funny near skyline.

    • normal

      Skyline Chili?

  • TuesdaysChild

    I drove on Lorcam Lane last night around 7pm. It was worse there. Not as bad as I got closer to Clarendon.

  • SaveDaveMcKenna

    Homeless people bathing in Donaldson Run?

  • Bambi

    It was me, Bambi, my rotting carcass lying beside I-66.

  • SamsontheCat

    “Crystal City was a little odd for a bit but that could just be normal Crystal City,”

    Hey! I take offense to th…ah, hell, who am I kidding? Crystal City does have that lovely sewage treatment stank cloud over it 24/7.

  • CW

    Sorry guys, I celebrated the Delhi Club reopening kinda hard.

  • YTK

    Well, considering the Arlington-Air-Borne stench that has assailed my nostrillas for the past several days when I step out for a breath of HAHAH FRESH? air, I didn’t think much of it this morning.

  • It’s all the skanks walking around Clarendon.

    • SaveDaveMcKenna

      Fungus growing on brown flip flops.

  • novasteve

    Sorry guys, that was my tap water. I just wanted to subject the entire county to what makes me vomit every morning when I brush my teeth.

    • Hillz

      My exact same thoughts when I read the headline.

  • John Andre

    My basic hunch…Sulphurous emanations from the Republican/Tea Party-dominated House of Representatives let off in the wake of their recent obstruction of a deal on the Federal debt limit. Their policy on Social Security and Medicare alone is enough to set off a big stink!


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