Rotten Smell Reeks Havoc Across S. Calif.
Hector Becerra, Phil Willon and Andrew Blankstein, Los Angeles Times
More than 70 miles to the east, steelworker Chris Tatum’s nostrils got the punch in Riverside. He assumed a brush fire had just broken out.
“It reeks,” he said. “It smells like rotten mush.”
Southern California awoke Monday morning to a foul odor that wouldn’t go away.
Residents clogged 911 lines with calls, prompting health officials from Ventura County to Palm Springs to send investigators looking for everything from a toxic spill to a sewer plant leak.
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