VALDOSTA — Lowndes County officials said late Friday a possible chemical leak located in the vicinity of Clay Road resulted in temporary road closures.

Sheriff Ashley Paulk said Lowndes County deputies, city police and fire department personnel responded to the scene but had not located the source of the odor that had caused concern. 

Paulk said his department had ruled out a meth lab explosion but investigators were continuing to search for the cause around midnight. The sheriff said gases in the air had dissipated, adding that first responders had been exposed but no injuries were reported. 

County Clerk Paige Dukes, the county's public information officer, said calls came in to the county 911 Center beginning around 7:10 p.m. regarding what she called "an unidentifiable odor in the area of Clay and Howell Roads."

Dukes said Lowndes County Emergency Management Director Ashley Tye and multiple public safety agencies are conducting an investigation and in the meantime residents in the area are being asked to remain inside their homes with doors and windows closed.

The Valdosta Daily Times will provide updates as additional information is gathered. 

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