Tear gas released in Central, HK, after canisters fall out of police vehicle and get hit by car

10-May-2019 Intellasia | South China Morning Post | 6:00 AM Print This Post

Tear gas was accidentally released on a thoroughfare in Central on Wednesday night after a box carrying riot control equipment fell out from a police vehicle and got hit by a passing car.

No one was injured in the incident, which happened on Connaught Road near City Hall at about 9.20pm.

The box with four tear gas canisters reportedly fell out from a police Emergency Unit van. It was then run over by a Mercedes-Benz, triggering the release of the gas.

The driver of the Mercedes-Benz stopped her car and fled to a safe distance.

A pedestrian alerted authorities and firefighters were sent to the scene.

A police squad from the Explosive Ordnance Disposal Bureau was also deployed.

Officers cordoned off a section of the eastbound lane of Connaught Road Central briefly for an investigation.

The riot control chemical weapon is part of regular equipment carried by vehicles of the Emergency Unit, which patrol streets and respond to 999 calls. Other gear includes MP5 submachine guns, helmets and shields.



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