Analysis determines Byron odor not dangerous

May 5, 2019

BYRON — A pungent odor coming from a barrel on a rural Byron property resulted in an investigation Thursday by public safety officials.

A property owner called the Olmsted County Sheriff’s Office Thursday afternoon to say a strong odor was coming from a barrel that had been on his property for several years. He noticed the odor after moving the barrel, which had caused a small amount of liquid to leak out.

The Rochester Fire Department Chemical Assessment Team assisted the Byron Fire Department in analyzing the liquid. It was determined that the substance is baling acid, which is used by farmers to reduce the potential for spontaneous combustion in hay. It is not a hazardous substance in its current state.

Also assisting at the scene were Byron First Responders and the Minnesota State Duty Officer. There were no injuries.