LONG BEACH - Nassau County residents from Long Beach to South Hempstead were reporting a strange, gas-type odor today, prompting officials to investigate. The Oceanside Fire Department says the smell came from a barge offshore that discharged some natural gas. However, National Grid says natural gas isn't transported by barges.

The utility says the smell seemed to be coming from Long Beach and says it is investigating. However, it says it stopped receving complaints from the area and believes the odor has dissipated.