A leak in a tanker containing petrolad, a collective name for oils used in vehicle engines, in Alblasserdam caused a stench in a large part of the Netherlands on Saturday. There were even complaints about the intense smell from Germany. An NL Alert was sent to warn people to keep their doors and windows closed, AD reports.
Two men from Belgium are suspected of setting a large fire in the cave system on the border between Maastricht and the Belgian village of Kanne last week. The fire started on Thursday night and is still burning, RTL Nieuws reports.
On Saturday morning the fire department gave up on extinguishing the fire and are now just keeping it under control while it burns out. That can take weeks. Both Maastricht and Kanne are covered in smoke. "People must take a week or two of smoke and stench into account", a spokesperson for the fire department said to the broadcaster.
Fire departments in the provinces of Gelderland, Brabant and Limburg have been receiving reports of a strange stench in the provinces since the early hours of Tuesday morning. The first report came in at the Brabant-Noord fire department around 2:00 a.m., ANP reports.
According to the fire department, whatever is causing the smell seems not to be in the Netherlands. Rather an easterly wind is blowing the smell into our country. What exactly is causing the smell is still unclear. The fire department made inquiries in Germany, but so far there is no explanation.
Two people had to be treated by emergency staff and taken to hospital in an ambulance after a penetrating stench from the sewers in Venray made them unwell Monday evening.