Residents of a Sacramento apartment complex were able to return to their homes early Friday morning after a suspicious chemical odor prompted an evacuation.
The Sacramento Sheriff's Department investigated the complex, located at 2226 Edison Avenue near Howe Avenue, Thursday afternoon after an employee contacted them about a strange chemical odor.
Authorities initially suspected the chemical odor's source could be a meth lab operating inside an apartment unit. Because its resident was out of town, deputies obtained a search warrant to enter the apartment .
Inside the apartment, deputies found two "volatile chemical compounds" in a container that they say needed to be destroyed. As a precaution, the apartment complex was evacuated and 1,700 nearby residents were notified to remain in their homes.