Investigation launched as ‘weird smell’ reported throughout Edinburgh

Several people have complained about a 'very strong' odour in the capital.

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An investigation has launched into a ‘weird smell’ reported in Edinburgh on Saturday.

Several people have complained about a ‘very strong’ odour throughout the city that many are comparing to the smell of gas.

However SGN say the “environmental smell” is not being caused by gas but have urged anyone with safety concerns to contact them.

The gas distribution company say it has experienced a high volume of calls regarding the incident and several checks are being carried throughout the city out to establish its source.

A statement released on Twitter said: “The environmental smell in Edinburgh is moving from EH15 to the town centre, we’re experiencing a high number of calls and our engineers are carrying out checks at various locations.

“The smell in the air isn’t being caused by gas, but if you have safety concerns call 0800 111 999.”

Several people have been taken to Twitter with concerns over the smell with one saying: “Did anyone notice a very strong smell of gas today in Edinburgh?

“We noticed it in the stretch that goes from Henderson Row all the way up to Dundas St and Eyre Pl, as well as around Leith Walk. I’ve also seen people mentioning they smelled it in Porty!”

Another wrote: “What’s the weird smell in Edinburgh New Town?”

And @JudithRosalin Tweeted: “We cam smell gas in St Andrew square and Broughton area.”

Another Tweeter said: “Edinburgh is stinking of gas”.

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) sent two fire engines to St Andrew Square at 4.15pm on Saturday following reports of a suspected gas leak.

Scottish Gas Networks (SGN) went to the scene to investigate, but said there was not a gas leak.