Chemical smell leads to meth lab scare at northwest Columbus hotel

COLUMBUS, OH (WCMH) — An investigation into what was believed to be a meth lab led to the evacuation of three rooms at a hotel in northwest Columbus.

According to Columbus Police, three rooms were evacuated at the La Quinta Inn Columbus Dublin located on the 6100 block of Parkcenter Circle. Two people are in custody at this time, and they are charged with disorderly conduct for creating an unsafe environment. There is no word on whether the two will face further charges, and police have not named the suspects at this time.

Police say investigators were led to the hotel after receiving a tip Tuesday afternoon about a bizarre odor in a room at the TownPlace Suites on the 7200 block of Huntington Park Drive. Officers found what they believed to be indicators of a meth lab in the room, and investigators were able to trace two people to the La Quinta Inn Columbus Dublin early Wednesday morning.

Police later determined the chemicals were not a meth lab, just a lot of legal chemicals that gave off a strange odor.

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