- Associated Press - Monday, January 9, 2017

CARMEL, Ind. (AP) - Authorities say they’ve pinpointed the likely source of a smelly chemical that prompted reports of a natural gas-like odor in central Indiana.

The Hamilton County Emergency Management Agency says authorities on Sunday got dozens of calls about the smell of natural gas in Carmel-area homes and businesses. Gas monitors were used and no natural gas readings were found.

Officials say the smell in southern and central Hamilton County likely came from a came from an Indianapolis industrial business. The odor has since dissipated.

Natural gas is ordinarily odorless, but an additive called mercaptan gives it a smell to warn people about leaks. Officials initially said they thought mercaptan was released, but on Monday they said only a “pungent smelling chemical” was to blame.

A similar incident was reported in July.

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