Saturday, 5 April 2008

WA Police halt 'flammable' capsicum spray use

Police in Western Australia have suspended the use of capsicum spray until further notice, after tests found the product was flammable.

The Deputy Commissioner Chris Dawson ordered police to hand in their spray units this afternoon, after tests by staff at the WA Police Academy found the propellent in the spray could catch alight.

Police use capsicum spray to quell violent or aggressive offenders.

A police spokesman says it into clear how long it will take for the spray to be recalled and replaced.

He says in the meantime, police are still armed with Tasers, batons and pistols.

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