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Oklahoma store evacuated after possible pepper spray release

December 20, 2018

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Authorities say the possible release of pepper spray may be responsible for respiratory complaints that forced the evacuation of a store in downtown Oklahoma City.

An Oklahoma City Fire Department hazardous materials team was called to the Bass Pro Shops facility at about 11 a.m. Thursday after some customers complained of respiratory issues.

Officials evacuated the building while about 100 customers were inside the store. About 20 people were evaluated by medical personnel but no one was transported to a hospital.

Store managers allowed the store to air out before shoppers were allowed back inside around noon. Investigators say the possible cause of the respiratory issues was the discharge of pepper spray. The company’s website lists pepper spray as a product it sells.

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