The Arkansas Department of Emergency Management has determined that dog spray was the cause of the hazmat situation Friday morning in Pocahontas. The situation sent 17 people to the hospital.

ADEM said it’s the same dog spray that mail carriers carry, but it’s still unsure how it went off inside the building.

Pocahontas Fire Chief Darrel Kester said authorities got a call around 9 a.m. Friday, January 11 about the situation, and that 17 people appeared to suffer from some sort of respiratory symptoms.

The Pocahontas Police Department, along with Randolph County Sheriff’s Department, Arkansas State Police, and the United States Postal Service were investigating the hazmat situation at the post office on Broadway Street. To read the full story by KAIT 8 in Jonesboro, click the following link.