Pepper spray discharge causes airport evacuation

Posted: Sunday, July 21, 2002

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The main concourse at the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport was evacuated briefly Sunday after a security guard's can of pepper spray accidentally discharged.

The incident happened at about 1 p.m.

Some people reported a burning sensation in their throat but Greg Warren, spokesperson for the Transportation Security Administration in Washington D.C., said no one was injured in the incident.

Airport officials brought in fans to clear the air and the concourse was reopened a short time later.

It's not known how many people were evacuated, Warren said.

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