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Answers scarce on gas leak false alarm

Little new information came to light Thursday regarding a suspected gas leak earlier this week that was a false alarm.

Gainesville Fire Department spokesman Keith Smith released a statement Thursday afternoon regarding the “odor of gas” smelled Monday around the city.

“Calls were received to 911 as well as directly to our stations, as the odor moved around Gainesville,” Smith said in a statement. “There were several people transported to the hospital with nausea, lightheadedness and headaches, but there were no serious illnesses reported.”

A hospital spokesman did not return calls for comment regarding the hospitalizations.

After an investigation by Liberty Utilities, it was determined that the smell was “not due to a gas leak or any hazardous condition associated with Liberty Utilities facilities,” Smith said.

Smith did not know what company or organization is responsible for the odor.

“Our units found that there was an odor in and around Gainesville but never located a source,” Smith said.

Smells were reported from areas including Candler Road, Browns Bridge Road and Dawsonville Highway.

Gainesville City Manager Bryan Lackey did not return a call for comment.

Liberty Utilities marketing and communications manager John Shore said it was unclear what caused the odor.