facebook
twitter
search
search

Vibrations traced to Texas landfill

May 7, 2012 at 4:55 PM

AUSTIN, Texas, May 7 (UPI) -- Firefighters in Texas said reports of sounds and vibrations in a neighborhood turned out to be methane gas escaping from a landfill.

The Austin Fire Department said firefighters responding to 911 calls that began around midnight Sunday said they traced the sounds and vibrations to the Sunset Farms Landfill, KVUE-TV, Austin, reported Monday.

"As trash breaks down, it releases methane gas," fire Lt. Josh Portie said. "That methane gas gets captured. They actually use it in a process to create electricity. Whatever is left that passes through the system, they will burn off through a flare system."

Firefighters said the escaping gas did not pose a threat to the public and they made some adjustments to the facility's damper system around 4 p.m. to address the issue.

Related UPI Stories
Latest Headlines
Top Stories
Missing North Carolina dog found snuggling toddler
Baby elephant chases swallows in South African road
'Awesome' pet store parrot belts 'Lego Movie' theme
Giant speed camera blocks a whole lane of Saudi road
Florida man arrested for 'joyride' across jail lawn