Wal-Mart: Pepper spray, not rotting fruit, forced evacuation

Markets Associated Press

A Wal-Mart spokeswoman says a can of pepper spray is the suspected culprit for the evacuation of an Alabama store.

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The store was evacuated Sunday in Millbrook, 10 miles north of Montgomery, after customers complained of irritated eyes and breathing problems. WSFA-TV reported (http://bit.ly/2bRuFw3) that authorities initially blamed a piece of rotting produce for the problems.

Wal-Mart spokeswoman Leslee Wright said Monday that employees later found an empty can of pepper spray under a merchandise display and suspect that caused customers' reactions.

Wright credited store managers for taking the situation seriously and says the company is thankful no one was seriously hurt.