Advertisement

We need your help now

Support from readers like you keeps The Journal open.

You are visiting us because we have something you value. Independent, unbiased news that tells the truth. Advertising revenue goes some way to support our mission, but this year it has not been enough.

If you've seen value in our reporting, please contribute what you can, so we can continue to produce accurate and meaningful journalism. For everyone who needs it.

Belfast city centre. PA Archive/PA Images
something fishy

Authorities still flummoxed by mysterious foul smell in Belfast city centre

Numerous people reported the strange stench earlier this week.

MANY PARTS OF Belfast city centre were cloaked in a foul smell earlier this week but despite two investigations authorities have yet find out what caused the stink.

Numerous people took to social media to report the unusual stench, with many of them noting that it smelled “fishy”.

The Irish News reports that the smell was pervasive in many parts of the city including Wellington Place, Donegall Street, the Divis area and the Falls Road in west Belfast.

The odour was also the source of much debate on the Frank Mitchell Phone-In radio show on U105.8 FM.

Some people blamed it on restaurants while others claimed the smell was coming from local work sites.

Belfast City Council confirmed that it received several reports of the smell and its Environmental Health Department referred the issue to Phoenix Gas and Northern Ireland Water.

A spokesperson for Northern Ireland Water told TheJournal.ie that its investigation offered no clue as as to what the weird whiff was.

“The foul odours reported on Wednesday were not connected to any of our assets,” the spokesperson said.

Phoenix Gas also failed to figure out the source of the stink. ”Phoenix Natural Gas engineers conducted safety checks of the area, as per protocol, and found no traces of gas in these areas,” it said.

READ: Man charged with ‘preventing the lawful burial of a body’ in case of Belfast woman found dead two years later>

READ: Pest controllers called to deal with large-scale rat infestation in Wheatfield Prison>

Readers like you are keeping these stories free for everyone...
A mix of advertising and supporting contributions helps keep paywalls away from valuable information like this article. Over 5,000 readers like you have already stepped up and support us with a monthly payment or a once-off donation.

Your Voice
Readers Comments
33
This is YOUR comments community. Stay civil, stay constructive, stay on topic. Please familiarise yourself with our comments policy here before taking part.
Leave a Comment
    Submit a report
    Please help us understand how this comment violates our community guidelines.
    Thank you for the feedback
    Your feedback has been sent to our team for review.

    Leave a commentcancel