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Workers finally figure out what’s causing bad smell at Des Moines County Courthouse

BURLINGTON, Iowa -- The mystery of a bad smell coming from inside the Des Moines County Courthouse has finally been solved - a bad pipe.

Maintenance workers had been searching for the source of the stench for weeks, and finally were able to narrow it down to the attic.  They said a small crack in a roof drain pipe caused the smell.

That crack has since been sealed and workers said that's all they needed to fix the smelly situation.

This tends to be a recurring problem almost every year during the fall as the weather gets colder, according to maintenance workers.