Natural gas smell attributed to fertilizer

Myrtle Beach, SC - MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Carolina Forest Boulevard was reopened less than about 30 minutes after Horry County Fire Rescue crews shut it down to investigate a possible gas leak.

Firefighters and emergency crews closed the road between Plantation Lake and the ball field at Carolina Forest Community Church around 8 a.m. after someone reported the odor of natural gas in the area.

South Carolina Energy & Gas investigated a leak in the same area around 6:30 p.m. Thursday. The leak temporarily shut down Carolina Forest Boulevard in the area of Avalon to properly respond to the leak.

SCE&G spokesman Scott Griggs said company employees searched the area using specialized equipment Thursday night and again Friday morning and were unable to detect any natural gas in the air.

Yancey says HCFR determined the source of the smell was organic fertilizer that was recently put down by a landscaper.

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