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Police Pepper Spray Goes Off In Ardmore Restaurant

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ARDMORE, OK -- Too much pepper ruined a meal for diners at an Ardmore restaurant Thursday afternoon, but it wasn't the food.  

Customers and staff had to be evacuated from the El Tapatio restaurant on North Commerce after police say an officer's pepper spray canister malfunctioned and sent the the irritating gas into the dining area.      

The officer had been eating at one of the tables when the can on his belt went off.      

The fire department and ambulance crews were called in to ventilate the building and to treat anyone who may have been affected.      

Police say pepper spray is uncomfortable but it's non-toxic and bio-degradable.      

The Ardmore police department says they regret the incident happened.