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Scent of cinnamon consumes Harlem, leaving residents puzzled

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HARLEM (PIX11) — The smell of spicy cinnamon invaded the streets of Harlem Monday in an effort to mask the smell of natural gas, city officials said.

According to the New York City Office of Emergency Management, the release of the cinnamon scent covered up the odor of gas expelled during an upgrade to a nearby natural gas pipeline.

“Our guess was no one was going to notice,” said Christopher Miller, a spokesperson for the OEM.  “But we wanted to give everyone a heads up.”

The OEM sent out alerts Sunday evening via NotifyNYC and contacted media outlets.  Those who did get a whiff of the spice this morning need not worry, however, Miller told PIX11.

“(It was) a simple vent in open air in an open environment, it causes no danger.”

The upgrade happened in sections of Harlem near West 134th Street along the Hudson River between 8:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.


  • Esco

    Why the smell of cinnamon for use of natural gas? That smell can throw people off and they might inhale too much of it and hurt themselves thinking things are ok. People should be repelled when smelling a toxic gas, I'd change the odor IMO..

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