Why does natural gas smell like sulfur?

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    Natural gas smells like sulfur because natural gas companies add a chemical called mercaptan, which gives it a distinctive rotten egg (sulfur smell). Uncontaminated, natural gas is colorless and odorless. The main reason for making it scented is for safety. Natural gas is highly flammable and toxic if exposed to for long periods of time. So, if you smell sulfur or rotten eggs in your house, you might want to get it checked.

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