Foul Smell Plagues Benning Road NE - NBC4 Washington

Foul Smell Plagues Benning Road NE



    D.C. Officials Looking Into "Horrific Smell" in Northeast

    After a call from News4's Chris Gordon, D.C. officials are investigating the source of an overwhelming stench near Benning Road in northeast that had neighbors there nauseated on Wednesday morning. (Published Wednesday, July 29, 2015)

    Residents and commuters just east of booming H Street NE on Wednesday couldn't escape an unpleasant odor.

    A foul smell pervaded the area near Benning Road and 17th Street NE, disgusted locals told News4.

    "It's making me nauseated. It's a horrible smell," resident Patricia Cave said.

    "It smells like incinerated animal -- sewage," driver Rick Miles said.

    The manager of Wings N' More Wings on Benning Road doused the street outside the business with a bleach solution after he saw a garbage truck spew liquid.

    When that didn't work, the District Department of the Environment used a "flusher truck" to hose down the street, and field-tested the liquid.

    "We didn't find any hazardous materials or anything like that involved," DDOE emergency operations chief John Emminizer, Jr. said. "It's basically trash liquid from a trash truck."

    The apparent garbage juice will be analyzed in a lab.

    As of Wednesday evening, only a faint smell remained.