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Posted: Friday, September 1, 2017. 9:31 p.m. CST.


By BBN Staff: Tonight, the Riot Squad Unit of the Belize Police Department accidentally released tear gas into the audience at the military tattoo event in Belize City.

The incident took place at the Marion Jones Stadium and occurred around 8:20 p.m..

The Police Department has since issued a release apologizing for the event. The statement reads:

Members of the Belize Police Department were performing at the Marion Jones Sporting Complex for the Police & Military Tattoo during which time they were using what was known to them and marked “White Smoke.” The White Smoke is known to be unharmful, however one of the canisters used unknowingly contained CS-Gas. A full investigation has been launched and General Jones from the Belize Defense Force has secured all the canisters of CS Gas (tear gas) for inspection.

Police also said that on Monday they will provide further details at a press briefing.

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