Mystery odor evacuates Orange County hotel
Guest says 'chemical' odor detected at Katerina Hotel Orlando
ORLANDO, Fla. – An Orange County hotel was evacuated and a major roadway was closed Friday morning because of a mysterious odor.
Katerina Hotel Orlando on Lee Road near Interstate 4 was evacuated because of what a guest described as a "chemical" smell.
Orange County sheriff's spokeswoman Jane Watrel said a hotel smoke alarm went off around 8 a.m., and the manager told deputies that an odd smell was coming from room 427.
Officials said they found ammunition and wires inside the room. Watrel said burning incense triggered the fire alarm.
A bomb squad determined there was no safety risk and guests were allowed to return to their rooms.
The guest renting the room was issued a trespassing citation, but he will not face any criminal charges, Watrel said.
Both directions of Lee Road were closed in the area, but the roadway was later reopened.
Guests at Katerina hotel are being evacuated while firefighters & deputies investigate. One guest told me there was a chemical odor inside. pic.twitter.com/YHEPZ22p6b— Mark Lehman (@MarkLehman6) October 27, 2017
Deputies now blocking off Eastbound Lee Rd at Adanson St. additional units being brought in for suspicious odor at Katerina Hotel. pic.twitter.com/uePkytxZmM— Mark Lehman (@MarkLehman6) October 27, 2017
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