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Cause of strange odor appears to be propane

PHOENIX — Phoenix fire officials say they think they know what caused a big stink that prompted 250 calls over two hours, with some people complaining of nausea and headaches.

Investigators think the late Sunday night odor in a west Phoenix neighborhood was caused by a purged propane line at a storage facility.

One resident, Debra Hill, says the smell was similar to strong onions and garlic. She says it gave her a runny nose and burned her sinuses and eyes, and she says she saw one neighbor vomit.

The Phoenix Fire Department has ruled out natural gas as the cause of the odor.


Riverbanks Zoo offers its waste for planting

COLUMBIA — Riverbanks Zoo and Garden in Columbia, S.C., is offering lucky gardeners a chance to put in orders for its famed manure produced by elephants, giraffes and zebras.

Zoo spokeswoman Susan O’Cain says one cubic yard of the manure will be available for $43 a load. The manure sells out quickly, and each order is limited to two loads.

Zoo animals produce about 1,500 pounds of manure every day. For those interested in small amounts, pint-size and two-gallon buckets are placed at zoo entrances throughout the year.

From wire dispatches and staff reports