Tear Gas Accidentally Released in Central Hong Kong

By Naomi Lounsbury, May 9, 2019

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Tear gas was accidentally released in Central, Hong Kong on Wednesday night after a box carrying four canisters of the riot control weapon fell out of a police van and was hit by a passing car, according to South China Morning Post.

At around 9.20pm, a woman driving a Mercedes-Benz ran over the chemical weapon, which immediately emitted a cloud of smoke. According to local reports, the driver, surnamed Wai, was so upset that she immediately got out of her car and ran a safe distance away. Police were promptly dispatched to the scene.

teargasunderthecar.jpgImage via @香港自由行加/Weibo

After fire trucks and a police squad car from the Explosive Ordinance Disposal Bureau arrived at the scene, the street was closed off. 

Luckily, no one was injured in the incident and police are currently trying to determine how the lachrymator agent fell from the van. 

police-and-firetrucks.jpgImage via @香港自由行加/Weibo

Netizens on Weibo had a field day upon hearing the news, calling out police in Hong Kong for slacking on the job.  

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Screengrab via @香港自由行加/Weibo, translations by Naomi Lounsbury

All in all, not a great day for the bureau…

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[Cover image via @香港自由行加/Weibo]

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