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CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. --  Fire crews were called to the Intown Suites on Green Spring Road near Chesterfield Towne Center for a report of an explosion at about 5 a.m. Tuesday. Once crews arrived to the hotel, they reported no fire and no one was hurt.

Witnesses reported hearing a loud boom and then footsteps running down the hallway. They also reported smelling chemicals. Investigators are working to locate the person who rented the room in question.

The explosion was big enough to blow the outside window out of the wall.  It landed more than 20 feet away in the parking lot.  The entire building was evacuated for most of the morning while HAZMAT crews inspected the scene, but tenants were allowed back inside the hotel around noon.

The initial report was for a flash fire. The sprinkler system at the InTown Suites actually extinguished the flames after the explosion.

"The Chesterfield Fire and EMS Hazardous Materials team was brought in to investigate the scene but found no evidence of hazardous materials in the room," Chesterfield Fire and EMS spokesman Lt. Jason Elmore said.

Google Map for coordinates 37.516247 by -77.612979.

11500 Green Spring Road, Bon Air, Va.

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