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Substance in air causes partial evacuation of Oakland airport

Oakland International Airport was partially evacuated for an hour Saturday after something in the air caused people to cough and have trouble breathing. No one needed medical attention, and other portions of the terminal remained open during the evacuation, airport spokeswoman Rosemary Barnes said. Authorities believed pepper spray may have been released, but were unable to identify the substance or say where it came from, Barnes said. Passengers and security screeners near a security checkpoint smelled something unusual just after 4 p.m., then began coughing and experiencing respiratory trouble, Barnes said. The area was evacuated, although officials allowed passengers and employees to return an hour later. Full Story

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