TAMPA — A propane-like odor permeating Tampa early Thursday caused authorities to launch an investigation: What were we smelling? And is it harmful?
By 4:30 p.m., officials announced it was a pesticide called Paladin, sprayed this week on eastern Hillsborough's strawberry fields. Paladin is a new type of soil fumigant and it contains a smelly organic compound called dimethyl disulfide.
Eight spot checks in the city determined that no fumes were at toxic levels, Tampa Fire Rescue Chief Tom Forward said. County released some frequently asked questions about dimethyl disulfide provided by the Florida Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services.