False alarm

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False alarm

Reports of a natural gas smell sparked the evacuation of several buildings in downtown Great Falls, Montana last month, but scratch-and-sniff cards were to blame and not a widespread gas leak...

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False alarm

Reports of a natural gas smell sparked the evacuation of several buildings in downtown Great Falls, Montana last month, but scratch-and-sniff cards were to blame and not a widespread gas leak. Nick Bohr, general manager at Energy West, said workers at the company were cleaning out some storage areas and discarded several boxes of scratch-and-sniff cards that it has sent out to customers in the past to educate them on what a natural gas smells like. "They were expired, and they were old," Bohr said. "They threw them into the dumpsters." When they were picked up by sanitation trucks and crushed, "it was the same as if they had scratched them."

smell/odeur – to spark/déclencher – downtown/centre ville (de) – scratch-and-sniff card/sticker odorant (to scratch/gratter) - widespread/étendu, général – leak/fuite – storage area/zone de stockage – to discard/se débarrasser de – dumpster (US)/benne à ordures – sanitation truck/camion poubelle – to crush/broyer

Publié le 30/05/2013

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