No leaks found in Houston so far after reports of gas odor moving through city

HOUSTON – After reports of a gas-like odor moving through Houston on Wednesday, officials at CenterPoint Energy said in a tweet Wednesday that they have not detected any leaks.

The smell prompted an evacuation about 9:30 a.m. at the Houston Municipal Courts building at Lubbock Street and Houston Avenue. 

A person at the scene reported that people were briefly evacuated from the courthouse before the all-clear was given and operations resumed.

People stand in a parking lot near downtown Houston after being evacuated from a city courthouse Oct. 24, 2018.

That was followed by multiple reports of the odor moving through parts of the city.

Houston firefighters said in a tweet that they had received several reports of the smell across the northeast part of the city, and that crews are working with CenterPoint Energy to locate the source.

The Houston Office of Emergency Management said in a tweet that the odor was moving south-southwest, and no hazardous gas has been detected.

Firefighters said that there is no shelter in place at this time, but recommended people stay inside.


Reports of natural gas odor in downtown Houston. CenterPoint Energy told me crews have checked out the areas but haven’t found any gas leaks at this time.

Posted by KPRC2 Brittany Jeffers on Wednesday, October 24, 2018






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Aaron Barker has been a senior digital editor at KPRC 2 since 2016. As a meteorologist, he specializes in stories about the weather. He has covered Hurricane Harvey, the Astros first World Series win, the Santa Fe High School shooting, the ITC fire and Tropical Storm Imelda.