An apparent gas leak in Lower Manhattan has caused justifiable concern. As teams of people who do such things spring into action in an effort to correct the situation, Mayor Bloomberg hastens to reassure the public:
Bloomberg also said there was no indication the air was unsafe to breathe. "It may just be an unpleasant smell."
"We are waiting for the gas to pass," the mayor said.
Perhaps "dissipate" would have been a better choice of words, no?