Farm Chemicals Release a Form of Tear Gas

Tear gas. That's what some Pitt County residents had to deal with Thursday night, but this form of the gas was from a farmer's land. Emergency services officials say around 7:00 Thursday night, an insecticide known as chloropicrin, released a form of tear gas that affected nearly 20 homes along the Holland Road area near Belvoir in Pitt County. The gas caused eyes to water, scratchy throats, nausea, and even chest pains in some residents. Residents say they can't remember the last time something like this has ever happened. Pitt County officials say the farmer didn't do anything wrong, but the Agriculture Department is coming in to double check.