Maple Syrup Anyone? City Investigating Source Of Sweet Smell
10/28/2005 09:15 AM
In a city full of foul aromas, a mysterious sweet smell is receiving a lot of attention after residents throughout Manhattan began reporting it Thursday night.
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Calls have been pouring in to the city's 311 hotline and to 911 from Manhattan residents wondering just what the smell is.
Many describe it as smelling like maple syrup. Other say it smells like flavored coffee or roasted nuts.
NY1 has been receiving calls from as far south as Lower Manhattan and as far north as Harlem.
"It started at work about 8:30 Thursday night,” said one aroma-witness. “I was at the computer and I felt like, I don't even know, maybe someone had some maple syrup and they were typing away and I was typing and it got on me somehow. I was laying in bed last night and I felt like I had maple syrup in my nostrils."
"I have no idea where it came from,” said another New Yorker. “I thought it was like a baker was making sugar or something and they left it burning."
Officials from the Office of Emergency Management have been running tests all night to try to figure out just what the smell is.
A spokesman says air samples aren't showing anything hazardous, the source of the smell is still not clear.