Carson Canal is giving off a rotten egg smell, sickening students and even causing some families to move out of the area.

Jayden Fernandez, Staff Writer

In the past month, in Carson, there has been a nasty smell that reeks of rotten eggs.  Some say it is a gas leaks and some say that the smell is coming from the sewer. 

“I had a nosebleed for a whole week because of the smell.  I walked outside my house and felt like I wanted to throw up, it’s hard to fall asleep and I was waking up with a dry mouth. I had to stay somewhere else because the smell was that bad. It smells like rotten eggs and farts,” said Yasmin Lopez, 11th grader. 

“My dad made a resolution to get a hotel room for a couple weeks to about a week. My experience with the smell has been horrible because I feel like I can’t breathe over it. The nasty odor smells like rotten eggs, with rotten mustard, and spoiled milk. I would say the smell is coming from the refinery,” said Bryce Newby, 6th grader.

“I have tried to prevent opening windows, going outside, lighting some candles, and spraying something to freshen the air. My experience with the smell has been overall bad. I stayed at my Tio’s house in Southgate for a bit and would drive from here to school because the smell was so pungent. The smell smells like rotten eggs and smelly socks. If I had to take a guess, the smell is coming from the sewers,” said Jayda Cornejo, 6th grader.


“If you are suffering from the pungent smell then help is available to you. The city of Carson will provide residents with HEPA air purifiers with HEPA filters for your home. The city also will help cover the costs of relocating if you need to live elsewhere temporarily, such as a hotel.

  *     Call the city of Carson’s hotline at 310-830-7600. It is open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

  *   Contact the L.A. County Helpline 2-1-1 for 24-hour information.

  *    Visit with L.A. County officials in-person at the Carson Community Center, 801 E. Carson St., from 7 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. (Use the east parking lot) County representatives can assist with helping you get reimbursed and answering health-related questions.”

This information was provided by the Carson Community of Schools.