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Dozens Injured, Club Evacuated After Tear Gas Canister Tossed

August 20, 1988

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) _ A man tossed a tear gas canister onto the crowded dance floor of a teen-age nightclub Friday night, causing dozens of injuries and prompting authorities to evacuate the club and a restaurant.

A total of 24 people were treated for nausea and skin and eye irritations at area hospitals. Forty-five others were treated at the scene for the same symptoms after the 10:30 p.m. incident, said District Fire Chief Harry Tibbetts.

Witnesses said a man was seen fleeing the club after throwing the military- type tear gas grenade. Police had no suspects.

″The effects will probably be short-lived and minor on most of them with mainly copious amounts nausea, vomiting and skin irritation,″ said Tibbetts.

The incident occurred at The Bar Down Under, which police described as a non-alcoholic club for teen-agers in the basement of Union Station, a popular restaurant and shopping complex in the renovated train station.

A total of 200-300 people were evacuated from the club and a restaurant above it, police said.

″All of a sudden the smoke started coming in there and started burning. The people were pushing and pulling everybody, trying to get out,″ an unidentified witness told television station WRTV.

″The smoke was so thick it made people sick,″ said Patrolman Mike Brown.

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