More Smoke Over Atlanta

I woke up this morning and opened the door to let the dog out. The smoke was heavy and strong-smelling, casting a haze over the neighborhood. Turns out it’s not the smoke from the fires in S. Georgia. (I wrote about those here a while ago.)

There was a fire at a recycling center in Jackson last night. Evidently, a pile of tires caught fire, which kind of explains the nasty smell: burning rubber. The fire is out now, but the smoke is moving north over Atlanta.

Ick. And I was going to run today. Think I will hit the treadmill at the Y, instead.

Is this just on my side of town? (Southeast) Or are people getting this in the north, too?


16 Comments so far

  1. amber (unregistered) on May 16th, 2007 @ 8:27 am

    I actually thought that it was from the South Georgia fires. I walked out to the car this morning, and was assaulted by the smell, and I live in Buckhead.

  2. Maigh (unregistered) on May 16th, 2007 @ 9:52 am

    I was *just* gonna blog this and suggest we all get together for smores.

    WABE reported this morning that the fires we’re smelling are in …I don’t remember, but I don’t think it was the S GA fires.

  3. Maigh (unregistered) on May 16th, 2007 @ 9:54 am

    Um duh. I totally scanned your post and um. Yeah. Whoops. You clearly know they’re not from S GA. Um. Yeah.

    Hi, my name is Maigh, and I’m a scanner.

  4. Annie (unregistered) on May 16th, 2007 @ 10:25 am

    Well, i think I may have gotten misinformation from our trusted local paper. I have heard from a few other sources since I wrote this that it is actually from both fires: the tire fire, which is not out, but contained, and the South GA fires.

    So, everyone is right.

    And sorry I stole the story out from under you, Maigh, because the smores line is really cute. I mean, clever. Cute, clever, whichever you would rather be, you are that.

  5. Maigh (unregistered) on May 16th, 2007 @ 11:01 am

    I would rather be a wonder twin…if you could you arrange that? Oh, and I would also like a pony and for AFV to play 24×7. Thanks! ;)

    BTW, the report from my veraownhonker is that it smelled like whatever the hell it is both in Vinnings and downtown. It’s everywhere. Let’s just hope it isn’t angry.

  6. Annie (unregistered) on May 16th, 2007 @ 11:16 am

    Unfortunately, I am unable to process this request. However, there is speculation that Metblogs reader Abby is possibly a witch, so you might want to see if she can fulfill a few of these wishes.

    On another note, maybe the smoke is really just part of a promotion for the tv show Lost.

  7. Exador (unregistered) on May 16th, 2007 @ 11:17 am

    I live in Duluth and work in Gainesville. Just as I was going into work, I noticed a faint smell and haze.

    Yes, it’s definitely moved north.

  8. Annie (unregistered) on May 16th, 2007 @ 11:20 am

    Wow. All the way to Gainesville? That is far.

    Thanks for the update! Anybody on the far west or east of Atlanta smelling the smoke?

  9. abby (unregistered) on May 16th, 2007 @ 12:10 pm

    Not sure I can do AFV because of an exclusivity contract — how do you feel about general sports bloopers?

  10. Maigh (unregistered) on May 16th, 2007 @ 1:11 pm

    I will consider your offer, and would also settle for my ex-husband never contacting me again. Whichever is easier.

  11. abby (unregistered) on May 16th, 2007 @ 1:32 pm

    done. and I’ll have that smoke cleared up in a day or two, no problem

  12. Heidi (unregistered) on May 22nd, 2007 @ 11:29 am

    In NE Atlanta, it smells like wood fire, not rubber. Southeasterly winds and an inversion brought the smoke all the way up to South Carolina. They are saying it actually is partly from the South GA wildfires.

  13. Annie (unregistered) on May 22nd, 2007 @ 2:28 pm

    Um, yep. If you read the comments, you’ll see that we established that it was more the GA fires than the rubber thing. Also, this was like a week ago.

    But we had it again this a.m. and it was the worst I’ve seen it yet.

  14. Gretchen (unregistered) on May 24th, 2007 @ 10:53 am

    I drove back from Orlando yesterday and we encounted a fair bit of smoke north of Valdosta. On the trip down about 1 1/2 weeks ago we drove to Ft. Myers via Tallahassee because I-75 was closed at Valdosta and 10 was closed also. They didn’t reopen I think for 2 or 3 days.

  15. Suzanne (unregistered) on May 27th, 2007 @ 2:34 pm

    Ugh! It’s Sunday afternoon in Woodstock and I can’t see Sweat Mountain from my window for the smoke and the smell is horrible. I guess it’s (the smoke) locked in by some overhead pressure or something? No one has said anything on the news about how long this will last. No jogging today I guess and I really don’t want to turn on the air conditioning yet.

  16. Annie (unregistered) on May 29th, 2007 @ 2:41 pm

    Sunday, I had it something terrible on I-20 East of Atlanta, between here and about Madison. I almost felt sick, and it was affecting visibility on the interstate.

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