Chemical Smell Reported in 4 Counties

Knoxville (WVLT) - Officials think the colder weather may be to blame for a chemical smell that's been reported across at least four East Tennessee Counties.

Darrell Whitaker with the Knoxville Fire Department says they had reports of the smell from people across Knox, Loudon, Blount, and Anderson Counties last night and this morning.

Whitaker says they contacted a HazMat team, the Knoxville Utilities Board, along with utilities companies in the other counties to try and determine the cause of the smell and if there was some sort of a leak.

At this time, crews have not found any leak and say they do not believe there is any danger to residents.

There are no reports of anyone getting sick.

Investigators believe the smell may be caused by smog from manufacturing plants that has fallen lower to the ground because of the colder weather.