Tear Gas Training May Be To Blame For Residents Sore Eyes, Throats - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi

09/23/04

Tear Gas Training May Be To Blame For Residents Sore Eyes, Throats

The Harrison County Sheriff's Department is investigating whether at training exercise with tear gas caused at least six people to be hospitalized Wednesday night.

The training was being done bay the Tactical Unit at the Long Beach Firing range around six. A couple of hours later, after the training, some residents in the area of Bosarge Road and 28th Street complained of eye and throat irritation from a chemical odor in the air.

AMR took four people to Memorial Hospital in Gulfport. Two others reportedly went on their own.

A statement from the Sheriff's Department Thursday said that tear gas experts were on hand for the training and that wind readings were done beforehand.

The statement did not the training caused the problems for residents. Only that an investigation is underway.

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