SANFORD, Florida — Something smells rotten in the state of Florida.
Officials in Seminole County have been trying to determine the cause of an unexplained foul smell that some residents say stinks like rotten eggs.
“It smells like a sewer line has been broken somewhere,” resident Liz Larochelle wrote on the county’s Facebook page. “The smell is strongest in the morning and then seems to disappear during the day time.”
That has led locals to flood the county’s 911 system with calls complaining of the smell.
Some have speculated that it could be the result of excess rain water from Hurricane Matthew overwhelming sewage treatment plants. Others have wondered if the appearance of a massive sinkhole at a fertilizer production facility about 100 miles ways that filled with millions of gallons of contaminated water is to blame.
The county says it has conducted hazardous materials tests, which have all come back negative. County officials say they are working with local power companies and utilities as well the health department to determining the cause.