- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 25, 2015

BAINBRIDGE ISLAND, Wash. (AP) - City officials on picturesque Bainbridge Island, Washington, are dealing with a mystery. A smelly, gooey mystery.

City spokeswoman Kellie Stickney says someone is filling plastic produce bags with a gooey liquid that appears to be foul-smelling food waste, then placing those bags in paper bags and leaving them on top of trash cans.

KOMO-TV reports (https://is.gd/YXqVBm ) that animals are getting into the bags, creating a mess.

Stickney says officials are also worried about human health hazards and possible runoff into Eagle Harbor.

She says authorities don’t know exactly what the substance is - just that it “kind of resembles soup” and “has a very foul smell.”

Maintenance workers and city employees have found dozens of the bags since March 12 - at City Hall, a waterfront park, even at playgrounds.

Bainbridge Island lies west of Seattle across Puget Sound.

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Information from: KOMO-TV, https://www.komotv.com/

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