Evacuation at Orchard Park mall after “unknown” smell – Okanagan

Shoppers at the Orchard Park mall in Kelowna, B.C., spooked on Monday after being evacuated due to an unfamiliar smell in the food court.

Crews from the Kelowna Fire Department were dispatched around 3:30 p.m. Monday afternoon to report people suffering from burning eyes, sore throats and coughs.

When officers arrived, they reported many people outside the mall with security.

Orchard Park security personnel had already evacuated the food court before firefighters arrived.

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Once at the scene, firefighters determined that it was possible someone had spilled pepper spray or pepper spray.

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Kelowna RCMP were notified of the incident and there were no reports or requests for medical assistance at the scene.

Fans were installed to purify the air in the area and after being ventilated, customers were allowed to re-enter the mall.

Fire crews responded with two engines and a command vehicle with nine people.

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