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LANCASTER, N.H. (AP) — Officials say a resident at a New Hampshire nursing home used bear pepper spray on an employee.

WMUR -TV reports that the Country Village Center employee was taken to a hospital emergency room for treatment Tuesday and the Lancaster facility was evacuated because of the spray’s strong odor. Officials say residents were taken to an adjacent facility and to some of the common spaces within the building.

Police removed the resident. Several other people were taken to hospitals for treatment.

The National Park Service says bear spray is normally used to stop aggressive behavior in bears, and is not the same as human pepper spray.

Messages seeking comment were left for the Lancaster Police Department and the nursing home.


Information from: WMUR-TV,