Macon-Bibb County emergency crews have determined the cause of a mystery odor, which led dozens to call 911 and some to go to the hospital.
Since early Sunday morning, Maconites have complained of a distinct, pungent smell near downtown. Battalion Chief Donny Mercer says they've pinpointed it to the Graphic Packaging paper mill in South Macon.
The source, but not the odor, had eluded many since the wee hours of the morning.
"It's not so much a septic smell, but it has that after-odor," says Shawn Williams says, who caught a whiff on his way to work around 6 a.m.
Williams says he's smelled it before, but not at that magnitude.
Other travelers downtown say they suspected a paper mill was the cause, but described the odor as having a "sulfur-like" or a "trash" smell to it.