It wasn't your imagination; the air was pungent in Warren on Tuesday.
Reports came in shortly after 2 p.m. regarding a strong odor in downtown Warren. City fire and police units were then dispatched to check for a source.
According to the Warren County Public Safety Facebook page, "the United Refining Company had a minor issue that sent a non-toxic product to their flare. URC employee reported it may have been the cause of the odor."
City of Warren Police Chief Sam Pascuzzi said, "We began getting some calls in the downtown area (at about) 2:20 p.m. We sent Engine Two out to investigate. (The odor) seemed to be something that was outside rather than generated inside a structure."
Pascuzzi said the department was "not able to pinpoint where it was coming from" but did contact the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection to advise it of the "sustained odor" that could not be tracked. At that point, Pascuzzi said, the smell began to dissipate.
While he acknowledged that United "may have had a flaring issue," he said he could not be certain that was the source of the odor.
URC Vice President of Finance and spokesperson Rob Kaemmerer suggested contacting the fire department for additional information.