Chemical Irritant Forces Library Evacuation

By WTVO WQRF Newsroom

Published 06/16 2014 11:46AM

Updated 06/16 2014 11:55AM

Michael Arduino
Michael Arduino

LOVES PARK - A man is under arrest for releasing a chemical irritant at an area library.

Michael Arduino, 28, is charged with disorderly conduct and unlawful use of a weapon.

It happened Saturday at the North Suburban Library on N. 2nd St.  Initially, the Loves Park Fire Dept. was called because visitors there had trouble breathing.  Firefighters determined they were inhaling pepper spray and ordered an evacuation.

Police say Arduino was releasing pepper spray.

Firefighters used ejection fans to clear the air and customers were allowed back into the library.

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