NEW YORK (FOX 5 NY) - Residents who live along North 7th Street in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn say they can't escape the toxic smell coming from the L-train subway line. The fumes have infiltrated their homes.
Last week, the smell started sickening and concerning residents, riders, and MTA workers. MTA officials say the smell is coming from nonflammable heating oil that leaked onto the tracks. The agency isn't sure where the oil came from.
The underground smell is seeping onto the streets and into homes. The MTA has put high-powered fans on the streets to help with the ventilation.
"We appreciate the patience of our neighbors and customers and as the situation has improved we will be able to shut off some of the fans this evening," the MTA said in a statement. "We will continue to closely monitor the situation and take further action as we are able."
Yet residents say they still have some concerns.
The New York State Department of conservation is leading this investigation and has been monitoring the air quality and that no one is at risk.