'Overpowering Smell' on Lower Wacker Blamed on Leaky Garbage Truck

By Emily Morris on July 16, 2013 12:55pm | Updated on July 16, 2013 5:33pm

 Authorities were investigating a foul smell Tuesday coming from Lower Wacker Drive. (File Photo)
Authorities were investigating a foul smell Tuesday coming from Lower Wacker Drive. (File Photo)
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CHICAGO — A foul smell on Lower Wacker Drive that prompted a Fire Department investigation was believed to have been caused by a leaky garbage truck, officials said.

The smell could be detected for several blocks Tuesday morning and into the afternoon, police said.

Cops got a call about 7 a.m. that an "overpowering smell" was coming from Lower Wacker from about Lake to Washington streets, according to Officer Jose Estrada, a Chicago Police Department spokesman.

About 11 a.m., the Fire Department declared there was a hazardous materials situation in the 100 block of Lower North Wacker Drive, and said it was working with police to investigate.

The investigation was called off just before 1:30 p.m. The smell may have been caused by a garbage truck leaking as it drove on Lower Wacker, officials said.

Estrada said there were no evacuations or closures.

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