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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.

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