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Woman With Can of ‘Bear Spray’ Has Unfortunate Accident

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Bear spray sounds pretty potent, even without knowing exactly what it is (it’s essentially a stronger variety of pepper spray).

So, you’d think the kind of folks who have some would be smart enough to ONLY carry while traipsing through the woods.

Not taking it into a closed public space, like a library, would seem to be rather obvious.

One Pittsburgh woman apparently didn’t get that memo.

From the Pittsburg Post-Gazette:

Mary C. Siegert, address unknown, was charged with risking catastrophe and simple assault. Police believe she went into the Eureka Building in the 3400 block of Forbes Avenue around 12:40 p.m. Monday and released one can of bear spray. Witnesses said Ms. Siegert came into the building and asked several questions about the “Technology Center” before abruptly leaving and running down the street to catch a bus.

Moments after she left, according to a criminal complaint, those inside the Eureka Building began to experience symptoms of being exposed to pepper spray, including difficulty breathing.

Officers used surveillance video and canvassing to track down Ms. Siegert, according to the complaint. They found her walking on Fifth Avenue toward Bigelow Boulevard at about 1:48 p.m., according to the complaint.

She was carrying two, 8-ounce cans of Grizzly Tough Bear Spray Counter Assault, according to police. One spent can was hidden in a ripped seam of her jacket, while the other was still in its original packaging in her backpack, according to the complaint.

Ms. Siegert told police she usually carried bear spray but said it sometimes goes off unintentionally. She said she may have bumped it.

When was the last time you saw a bear walking down the streets of Pittsburgh?

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