Local dorms fill with pepper spray

October 8, 2008 11:05:46 AM PDT
A hazardous materials incident unfolded on the campus of Widener University.

Chopper 6 flew as over the scene shortly after noon in the 700 block of East 14th Street.

Action News learned that pepper spray somehow spread through three residence halls around 11:30 a.m.

More than 50 students in Hanna, Thayer and Grasselli Halls were evacuated. At least 5 were sickened by the fumes.

Firefighters worked to air out the buildings, then all students were allowed back in.

Investigators say the pepper spray was accidentally released in Hannah Hall.

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