Pepper Spray Causes Hazmat Situation At San Jose Hotel

SAN JOSE (CBS SF) – Firefighters responded to a hotel in San Jose Monday morning where a hazardous material was detected, fire officials said.

According to a San Jose fire dispatcher, pepper spray was released in the front lobby of the Extended Stay America hotel at 6199 San Ignacio Ave. around 4:45 a.m.

One person was treated at the scene for exposure to the spray while 29 people were evacuated from their homes and another 22 were ordered to shelter-in-place.

Firefighters said the situation was considered under control by 6:19 a.m. and guests have been allowed back into their rooms.

However, the lobby will remain closed until it can be professionally cleaned.

The incident remained under investigation.

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