Mysterious Odor Plagues Parts of Enfield

By Seth Lemon
|  Wednesday, Dec 4, 2013  |  Updated 7:16 PM EDT
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Mysterious Odor Plagues Parts of Enfield

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If you smelled something funny in Enfield on Wednesday, you weren't alone – a mysterious odor wafted through town and some people said it made them feel sick.

"It was definitely a strong odor. I rolled down that window," said Thomas Martini of Enfield, "but it didn't really help much."

Martini was on his was on his way home late last night, driving along Moody Road in Enfield, when a smell like none other came creeping through his car.

He wasn't alone. Officials at the Department of Public Works said others around town smelled the same thing. One employee said she thought she accidentally left groceries in her car until she stepped outside and couldn't escape the smell.

"Living only a mile or two down the road I can almost smell it now coming down. It should be addressed [to] see if it is a health issue or even a safety issue," said Martini.

The source? Three giant piles of organic fertilizer on a farm just off Moody Road that farmer Lee Pinney says are made from bio-solvents.

"It has long lasting capabilities," said Pinney, of the fertilizer. "It'll be good this year. It'll be residue for next year and the year after that."

But the stench was such an issue for some that today the town called in the experts. The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection and the Health Department checked out the fertilizer and took air quality samples for testing. The results were not immediately available.

And while the smell around the town has dissipated, there was no missing the scent standing next to the three giant piles of organic fertilizer. Smoke could be seen coming off the warm, pellet-shaped material in the cold weather. It's a smell that permeates everything, even cars.

But Pinney says that by Thursday afternoon the smell should be gone. Starting Wednesday evening and into Thursday, he and others will work to spread the fertilizer. Then they'll harrow it into the ground and hopefully bring an end to the smelly situation on Moody Road.

"Once we disc it in, then that should take care of it," Pinney said.

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