Fifteen people treated after ‘mystery substance’ sprayed in Pizza Hut and Tesco
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A major incident in Black Country, Birmingham on Tuesday night saw 15 people treated by medics.
A "mystery substance" was sprayed through popular shops and restaurants at The Arcade in Upper Gornal, Dudley at around 7.30pm.
The fire service said a man is believed to have sprayed the unidentified "gaseous" substance in branches of Pizza Hut, McDonald's and Tesco.
Fifteen people were treated at the scene and one person was taken to hospital after they suffered a range of symptoms from difficulty breathing to palpitations.
Witnesses reported seeing emergency responders in hazmat suits, Birmingham Live reports, and the fire service remained on the scene until 10:30pm.
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One Facebook user warned others in the area to stay clear, saying on Tuesday evening: "Hope no-one is injured and everyone is safe by the Tesco in Gornal.
"Just been past and there are numerous fire engines, police and ambulances. Looks like they have taped it off."
West Midlands Fire Service said: "We were called at 7.27pm to an incident involving one man entering into Pizza Hut and allegedly entering into McDonald's and Tesco and spraying a gaseous substance.
"Fifteen casualties reported discomfort and irritation to breathing, all were checked by West Midlands Ambulance service.
"One person was taken to hospital suffering palpitations.
"A hazmat risk assessment was carried out. The substance has not yet been identified.
"We sent two fire engines from Dudley and Tipton to the scene at The Arcade in Upper Gornal. A support vehicle was also in attendance. The crew remained on the scene until 10.30pm."
Police and the ambulance service are yet to issue a statement about the incident.
It's unknown at this point if anyone has been arrested in relation to the mystery substance spraying.
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