Cleaning service workers found possible parts of a methamphetamine lab Monday afternoon in an apartment on Vineville Avenue.
The men also discovered instructions on how to build a lab and called Macon police at a little after 1 p.m.
Officers called in the Hazardous Materials Unit of the Macon-Bibb County Fire Department and a decontamination zone was set up off Buckingham Place, adjacent to the downstairs apartment at 2416 Vineville Ave.
Police donned white protective suits and entered the apartment in the back of the brick house.
They found items consistent with making a lab, but there was no active lab and no evidence that one had ever been set up, police said.
"There were some suspicious components, but those components did not make it a methamphetamine lab," said Jami Gaudet, public information officer for the Macon Police Department. "Officers were so pleased that these people thought to call them and ask them rather than to endanger themselves."
Police removed a number of glass bottles and jars, automotive chemicals, small boxes and plastic bags.
Crime Lab Sgt. Gerald Phillips said: "Better safe than sorry. Good call in letting officers make the determination. Most importantly, no one got hurt."
Sgt. Steve Gatlin was one of the officers who suited up to enter the apartment and was grateful the men called about their suspicions.
"We're always glad to check out a questionable situation," he said.
Authorities took precautions as if it were a working lab and roped off the driveway.
The cleaning crew was cleared by EMS workers from Mid Georgia ambulance.
Macon firefighters hosed down the officers once they completed the search of the apartment.
A tenant had been evicted late last month, and workers were getting the apartment ready to lease again.
Authorities had the investigation wrapped up in a little more than two hours.
The commotion brought a few neighbors out onto Buckingham Place, including one man who said: "Nothing ever happens around here. This is excitement. It's a quiet street."