Suspicious Scent Stinks Up ‘U’

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Crews were investigating what may have caused a suspicious odor to permeate part of the University of Minnesota campus Thursday.

A cleaning crew on campus smelled the odor at about 9 p.m. on the third floor of the VFW Cancer Research Center on the corner of Harvard and Delaware.

Fire crews tested the smell, and it came back negative for anything potentially dangerous.

Crews reasoned the odor may have been coming through the vents from outside and eventually located a scent emanating from a nearby sewer.

Sewer crews were taking samples, and noted readings of some type of chemical in the sewer. Authorities said it doesn’t appear, though, that anyone is in any danger.

The scene was blocked off for a number of hours overnight, but reopened early Friday morning.


One Comment

  1. JamieinMN says:


  2. Ben Jameson says:

    So.. exactly how was it suspicious?

    1. Brad says:

      Because the smell of poo at the U was twice as normal.

  3. fred says:

    maybe the smell came from a u of m executive that finally pulled his or her head out of their arse ……like that would ever happen

  4. TW says:

    Because if was on a college campus and everyone overreacts to everything as a normal course of action. I smell something therefore it might be dangerous so to cover their liability they have to call in a full response because if they don’t someone will sue the maroon off of Goldie Gopher.

  5. we says:

    It was fun Bob breaking wind!!!

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