Mace/pepper spray believed to be cause of chemical odor east of Las Vegas Strip


Authorities believe mace or pepper spray might have caused a strong chemical odor Tuesday morning that led to a report of a possible drug lab just east of the Las Vegas Strip.

The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department said officers got a call about an unknown trouble at about 4 a.m., and when they responded they could smell "strong fumes coming from the apartment."

Fumes described as “burning plastic and spray paint” filled the air Tuesday morning as police responded to reports of yelling and slamming noises coming from an upstairs residence at the French Quarter Apartments, located near Paradise and Desert Inn Roads.

The officers were taken to a hospital as a precaution, and authorities began evacuating nearby apartments, according to LVMPD.

In total, 30 people were evacuated from the complex and a neighboring complex as the area was contained.

A statement issued to media said officers were investigating a possible drug lab. A hazmat team responded but found no evidence of drug production in the apartment.

The team instead believes the chemical odor possibly was mace or pepper spray that went off inside the apartment.

All officers taken to a hospital have been released, police say, and the apartment's residents were being questioned.

No details have been released about whether any arrests have been made.

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