Mark Bowman, the sommelier at Pure Wine Cafe, the upscale wine bar in Ellicott City, woke up Sunday to a striking aroma — and it wasn't the bouquet of nouveau Beaujolais. It was liquid manure, dumped over a mile-and-a-half stretch of Main Street sometime early Sunday. "It was disgustingly epic," said Bowman, who lives on Main Street. Howard County highway crews spent nearly three hours cleaning up the manure, according to Howard County Fire Battalion Chief Eric D. Proctor. He said the spill ran from Main Street in Ellicott City east onto Frederick Road in Baltimore County, causing street closures while crews cleaned the pavement. The source of the manure was not known.
Dan RodricksThe Baltimore Sun