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Smell gas? Here's how to keep yourself safe and report a possible leak

NEW YORK, N.Y. - The explosion that levelled two apartment buildings in New York on Wednesday, apparently because of a gas leak, prompted authorities to renew their appeals to the public to report possible gas leaks immediately. "The issue is, do people know what to do when they smell gas," said Bob McGee of Consolidated Edison, the utility serving the affected neighbourhood in Manhattan. "It's not something you ignore." Con Ed offers advice to its customers that is more or less universal no matter where you live:

Gas leak cases at industrial complexes surge this year: report

SEOUL, Oct. 21 (Yonhap) -- The number of toxic gas leaks at the country's industrial complexes have surged this year causing injuries and property damages, a report showed on Monday. According to the report compiled by the Korea Industrial Complex Corp., there were seven cases of gas leak so far this year, compared with three cases in 2012 and one in 2010. The report was submitted to Rep. Kim Han-pyo of the ruling Saenuri Party for a parliamentary audit. The country has seen some fatal gas leaks this year, which killed 12 workers and injured nearly 35 people.

Reuters Odd News Summary

Following is a summary of current odd news briefs. Belgian trainee teachers fail in basic general knowledge BRUSSELS (Reuters) - A large number of Belgium's future secondary school teachers struggle with basic concepts of geography, politics and history, a study published on Wednesday has shown. Among final year teaching students involved in the study, one in three could not identify the United States on a map and almost half did not know where the Pacific Ocean was. Smallest house in Brussels up for auction

Reuters Odd News Summary

Following is a summary of current odd news briefs. Belgian trainee teachers fail in basic general knowledge BRUSSELS (Reuters) - A large number of Belgium's future secondary school teachers struggle with basic concepts of geography, politics and history, a study published on Wednesday has shown. Among final year teaching students involved in the study, one in three could not identify the United States on a map and almost half did not know where the Pacific Ocean was. Smallest house in Brussels up for auction

Reuters Odd News Summary

Following is a summary of current odd news briefs. Smallest house in Brussels up for auction BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Cosy might be the best word to describe the smallest house in Brussels, which is about to go up for auction. The centuries-old former furniture workshop and creperie a stone's throw from the Belgian capital's picturesque central square is just 2.75 meters wide and has a ground floor only 1.75 meters (5 foot 9 inches) across. Racy Victorian divorces online at genealogy website

UPDATE 3-Rotten egg stench wafts over UK after French gas leak

* Smelly gas from leak at French factory wafts across Channel * Authorities assure residents gas is non-toxic * UK tabloids seize opportunity to poke fun at French By Geert De Clercq PARIS, Jan 22 (Reuters) - A cloud of harmless gas smelling of sweat and rotten eggs leaked from a chemicals factory in northwest France and drifted across the English Channel as far as London on Tuesday.
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