Eight people were hospitalized Thursday night for severe reactions to smoking a form of incense or “spice,’’ Glynn County Police Chief Matt Doering said.
One of the smokers was reported in critical condition; the rest have been released, Doering said. All are 16 to 25 years old, he said.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is investigating.
After investigators determined the substance had been purchased at Mary Jane’s Emporium on Altama Avenue in Brunswick, officers executed a search warrant there, Doering said.
Investigators determined the substance was something called “Crazy Clown’’ and had been manufactured in Colorado, he said.
No one has been arrested, Doering said, and only lab testing can determine if the Crazy Clown contained any specific chemical compounds that are illegal under Georgia law.
Regardless of whether the product contains any illegal substances, it is foolish and dangerous to smoke it, Doering said.