CHERRY HILL — The smell of natural gas in South Jersey on Monday was likely from across the Delaware River

Both the Collingswood Police and Cherry Hill Fire Department posted on their Facebook pages the smell was from Philadelphia and did not pose any threat. An alert from Moorestown Police said it likely originated from a "leak in Pennsylvania."

Comments on both posts reported the smell in Mount Laurel and Marlton. The Cherry Hill Fire Department said that if there is a gas smell within your own home to call you local department.

Two homes in Paterson were destroyed by an explosion in Paterson last October that displaced 38 people and was preceded by the strong smell of gas.

New Jersey’s three major natural gas utilities staff hotlines people can call when they suspect a leak. They say people should never assume that someone else will report the leak.

In order to make its presence in the air more evident, the utilities add odorant to natural gas, which is colorless and extremely combustible. As a result, natural gas often smells like faint rotten eggs or cooked cabbage.

Gas leak numbers

PSE&G 800-880-7734
Elizabethtown Gas 800-492-4009.
New Jersey Natural Gas 800-GAS-LEAK (427-5325)
•  South Jersey Gas 800-582-7060

Contact reporter Dan Alexander at Dan.Alexander@townsquaremedia.com.

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