NYC bookstore evacuated due to pepper spray

AP News
Posted: Sep 17, 2014 8:37 AM

NEW YORK (AP) — About 100 people had to be evacuated from Manhattan's famed Strand Bookstore after pepper spray went off in a customer's purse.

Officials say it happened around 4 p.m. Tuesday at the Union Square store.

Fire Battalion Chief Pat Sheridan told WCBS-AM ( ) that two dozen people complained of irritation to their throats.

The entire store was evacuated as a precaution. Customers were allowed back in the store about one hour later.

The store that opened in 1927 boasts "18 miles of books."


Information from: WCBS-AM,