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Numerous injuries due to irritant gas - dozens of people in the hospital
There were two large-scale operations in North Rhine-Westphalia on Monday due to injuries caused by irritant gas. Over 50 people suffered health problems such as eye and respiratory tract irritation. 30 people were brought to hospitals.
Brought dozens of people to clinics
According to media reports, there were two missions due to irritant gas in North Rhine-Westphalia on Monday. On the one hand, a previously unknown gas was sprayed in a school center in Selm. An alarm was raised for a so-called "mass casualty" after numerous students and teachers complained of respiratory problems such as coughing and scratching in the throat. Of the approximately 100 affected, around 30 were brought to hospitals.
Shopping center was evacuated
In the second case, a 16-year-old student is said to have sprayed pepper spray in a shopping center in Mülheim and injured 22 people. According to police, the teenager confessed to the crime.
According to a message from the dpa news agency, he stated that he wanted to test the spray, which is offered as an animal protection spray in a store in the shopping center.
"Strong police and fire service personnel evacuated the shopping center and cared for 22 injured people who complained of eye and respiratory tract irritation," reports the police.
The student was arrested nearby, according to witnesses. He is now awaiting trial for dangerous bodily harm.
Health risks from irritant gas
Irritation gas, such as tear gas or pepper spray, is used by the police in demonstrations in Germany. However, more and more people are also buying such funds privately for self-defense. It is usually not difficult for minors to get such sprays.
The symptoms caused by such agents usually appear immediately or a few seconds after spraying. Sprayed irritant gas can cause swelling of the mucous membranes and immediate closure of the eyelids.
Inhaling the irritant usually causes health problems such as coughing and shortness of breath. An uncomfortable itching often occurs on the skin. (ad)