Weekend Reads Source of smell found at northeast Calgary Dairy Queen

14:08  10 august  2018
14:08  10 august  2018 Source:   cbc.ca

Offer aims to sniff out source of mystery smell at Calgary fast-food outlet

  Offer aims to sniff out source of mystery smell at Calgary fast-food outlet Desperate for answers, the owner of a Calgary Dairy Queen is offering a free Blizzard every week for one year to whoever can pinpoint the source of a mystery smell that has been permeating the northeast eatery since it opened in 2015. "It smells like natural gas, it smells like propane, rotten eggs," said Sujad Bandali, owner of a Dairy Queen in the 11100 block of 14th Street N.E. "As soon as you walk in you get a whiff of it then it kind of disappears." The smell was first noticed just a few hours before the store's grand opening three years ago. "We went into panic mode because we thought there was a leak," said Bandali.

A northeast Calgary Dairy Queen owner is breathing a sigh of relief after technicians were able to locate the source of a mystery smell that had been plaguing his eatery since it opened three years ago. The desperate owner offered a free Blizzard each week for a year to whoever could find the

The owner of a northeast Calgary Dairy Queen is desperate to solve a mystery about a strange smell in the restaurant. There have been multiple tests and inspections since that time and so far no one can find the source of the smell .

a car parked in front of a store: ATCO technicians were able to find the source of a natural gas leak that had been ongoing at a northeast Calgary Dairy Queen since it opened three years ago.© Submitted by Sujad Bandali ATCO technicians were able to find the source of a natural gas leak that had been ongoing at a northeast Calgary Dairy Queen since it opened three years ago.

A northeast Calgary Dairy Queen owner is breathing a sigh of relief after technicians were able to locate the source of a mystery smell that had been plaguing his eatery since it opened three years ago.

"There is no smell, my misery is over," said an elated Sujad Bandali. "It's such a relief. I am so, so happy."

A smell of natural gas — described as being like rotten eggs — l had been lingering since 2015 when Bandali first opened the Dairy Queen in the 11100 block of 14th Street N.E.

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Fortunately, someone figured it out. Sujad Bandali, who bought the northeast Calgary Dairy Queen three years ago, said that the It is not clear, as of this writing, whether or not the utility technician who finally found the source of the smell has taken up Bandali on his offer for free Blizzards.

Desperate for answers, the owner of a Calgary Dairy Queen is offering a free Blizzard every week for one year to whoever can pinpoint the source of a mystery smell that has been permeating the northeast eatery since it opened in 2015.

Hours before the grand opening, Bandali smelled natural gas near the entrance, so he called in the Calgary Fire Department and ATCO, but tests all came up negative.

The smell persisted, however, to the point some customers would complain, and more than one called the fire department to report a possible natural gas leak.

But each time, tests came back negative.

Desperate for an answer, Bandali put up a sign on the door last week assuring customers it was safe to go inside, and even offering a free Blizzard each week for a year to whoever could find the source of the smell.

a group of people standing in front of a store: Some customers suggested the smell could be from Freon coming from the cake freezer, but that was ruled out by the building's landlord.© Submitted by Sujad Bandali Some customers suggested the smell could be from Freon coming from the cake freezer, but that was ruled out by the building's landlord.

The response was swift, with people calling and emailing ideas from across Canada — and even as far away as Egypt.

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A Dairy Queen in Calgary has issued a reward of free blizzards for a year to anyone who can find the source of a horrible smell . @AndrewU92 # DairyQueen #yyc # Calgary #985VirginRadio pic.twitter.com/0yH7rbusFu.

The owner of a Calgary fast-food restaurant is seeking a sniffing sleuth to help him find the source of a mysterious foul smell that has been plaguing the business for years. Sujad Bandali says the Dairy Queen location he operates on 14 Street Northeast has had a pungent scent since the day it opened

"We had from one end of Canada to the other end, people were responding," said Bandali. "They were leaving us voicemails and emails. Our phone hasn't shut off, we finally had to modify the message. We almost had to hire a full-time person to answer the calls."

ATCO crews went back to the store on Tuesday to do another check — their third in three years — but again came up empty handed.

Then one of the technicians got the idea to do what's known as a "dead check."

"Essentially what it is, is you turn off everything in the building that uses natural gas, then you can confirm if the meter is still turning," said Ryan Germaine, ATCO's vice-president of operations for the Calgary and Edmonton regions.

"If it looks like you're still using gas, it's possible you have a small leak in the building somewhere."

That was done Wednesday morning and a small leak was detected in building's ceiling.

"I would say this case is quite unusual," said Germaine. "Credit to the individuals who were there, they took multiple steps to do what they could to help figure it out. They didn't give up."

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CALGARY —A mysterious odour lingering in a northeast Dairy Queen has plagued the owner for years and now he’s asking for the public’s help identifying the source and free Blizzards for Free Blizzards every week for a year is the reward for the sleuth who can sniff out the source of a mystery smell .

This Dairy Queen has smelled like the explosive flatulence of someone who has just eaten rotten eggs. And someone finally found out why. They've been having a mysterious smell for years. - @AndrewU92 # DairyQueen #yyc # Calgary #985VirginRadio pic.twitter.com/0yH7rbusFu.

Because natural gas is colourless and odourless, an additive is put in to give it a distinct smell.

Natural gas is also lighter than air, which added to the difficulty of finding the leak in the ceiling, said Germaine, adding ATCO receives about 20,000 calls per year of possible gas leaks in Alberta.

Bandali said he's just relieved the smell is no longer there.

"Finally, I proved it to everybody, I was not losing my mind," he said.

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