A feared hazardous materials incident that shut down parts of downtown Salt Lake City's City Creek mall turned out to be much ado about, well, not that much.
Salt Lake City Fire Department spokesman Jasen Asay said Friday that the Thursday night report of chemical fumes had hazmat workers rushing to the mall and its environs about 8:30 p.m.
On Friday, though, Asay confirmed that there actually were no "fumes," but rather just a strong odor — and that the incident was located within the LDS Church Administrative Buildings complex at 47 E. South Temple, not the mall itself.
The odor was traced to a building between the Hotel Utah and the historic Lion House. It turned out that the strong, noxious smell had resulted from a janitor mixing two still-unspecified, but incompatible chemicals.