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Chinese military accidentally tear gasses an entire town

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Troops fire tear gas in Urumqi, China
Troops
fire tear gas in Urumqi, China


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  • The local government in Baishan, Jilin Province was
    forced to apologize after the Chinese military accidentally
    tear gassed the town during annual military drills, Chinese
    media reports.
  • As the affected city is located near the China-North
    Korea border, the incident sparked fears and rumors among local
    residents.

The local government for a Chinese city in the northwestern part
of the country was forced to apologize Friday after the military
accidentally tear gassed the town, according to Chinese media.

In an apology statement issued online, the government of Baishan,
a town in Jilin Province, revealed that a sudden change in the
wind during an annual military training exercise resulted in tear
gas from the outskirts of the city being blown into the downtown
area, according
to the Global Times, a state-affiliated media outlet.

Local residents reportedly poured into Baishan hospitals.

We inhaled very pungent gas, and my nose and throat itched
for days, but no one bothered to tell us what happened,” one
local resident complained,
according
to the Asia Times. “Not too many believe it was
just because of a military drill.”

Baishan authorities said that the effects of the tear gas
would wear off but advised local residents to see a doctor if the
discomfort persisted.

Given its proximity to North Korea, the incident sparked fears
that North Korea had fired tear gas into Chinese territory. Other
observers suspected that the Chinese military was training to
handle a flood of North Korean refugees.

Chinese military experts have largely dismissed these claims. It
is unclear exactly what happened, and it is possible this
information will never be made public.

Serious concerns over the possibility of a chemical, biological,
or nuclear catastrophe have long lingered over Jilin and Liaoning
provinces, both of which border North Korea.

Last December, the Jilin Daily published “common sense”
guidelines for surviving a nuclear war.

The Chinese article was reportedly
published
at the request of Jilin Provincial People’s
Air Defense Office to strengthen “national defense
education.”

In April of last year, unusual reports surfaced in official
Chinese news portals
suggesting
that China might launch a military strike on North
Korea if a weapons test negatively impacted China or its
citizens.

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