CS, CN, and OC are considered non-lethal chemical weapons used to subdue individuals that do not want to be apprehended by police. They are generally nontoxic, although extremely irritating. SWAT teams usually use CS because it is the strongest irritant. These forms of tear gas are not actually a gas, but a solid delivered in aerosol form that when exploded, saturates the air with tiny particles finer than talcum powder and settles on all surfaces.
Tear gas cleanup requires trained personnel with proper equipment and it is a very time consuming procedure. You cannot “air it out”; it does not dissipate over time. Canisters are usually shot through windows and sometimes lodge within interior walls. Carpets have to be taken out because you cannot remove the glass and tear gas with a vacuum. You have to physically wash or wipe down every item or surface that came under fire. Certain canisters will contain a ‘paint marker’, usually a bright magenta color, so the direction of fire can be observed. This paint has a great tendency to stain any surface it touches and is very difficult to remove.
If a SWAT department deployed tear gas at your home or business, please do not enter. The police department will usually contact the utility providers and have service disconnected prior to the deployment of flash bang devices and tear gas.
If you come in contact with tear gas by breathing, leave the affected area immediately and breathe in fresh air for a few minutes. If you get it on your skin, DO NOT TRY TO RUB IT OFF, wash with soap and water if available, and if not, rinse with water only. The pain and stinging will subside within 10-15 minutes.
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