Moment of Panic: Driver Realizes Canister of Bear Spray has Deployed While Driving on Highway (VIDEO)
Video has surfaced online of a frightening incident in which a driver goes into panic while traveling on the highway after realizing that a can of bear spray had deployed in his vehicle.
Amazingly, no one was injured during the incident despite the fact the driver of the vehicle is forced to immediately travel from the far left lane all the way to the right shoulder. Having felt teargas myself in Ferguson, I can fully sympathize with the intense irritation the vehicles occupants were presumably enduring.
An individual claiming to be the driver has posted the following about the incident on Reddit under the username TheBitterRealist:
Hi Reddit! I was wondering why my video had so many hits, thought Id stop by to tell the story.
This happened on Sunday heading up out of Long Beach. We had been camping up in bear country near Yosemite and when we took all of the gear out of the car, the bear spray got left behind.
Well, fast forward a couple of days and were heading out of Long Beach when my girlfriend moves the passenger seat back, jamming the can of bear spray between the seat rail and the floor, puncturing it.
I first felt it in my lungs, a burning in my throat that brought on intense coughing. Not long after that I realized that the left shoulder wasnt wide enough and I needed to get over to the right. This is where the real pain began: keeping my eyes open long enough to get the jeep across the road and stopped. It BURNED! And I let out the OW in the video.
We got out of the car, spent a while dry heaving and pouring water in our eyes, and then started throwing anything that the bear spray touched into a plastic garbage bag that we could seal up. Let it dry for about 20 min while the car aired out and it was good enough to drive with the windows down. Barely.
Turns out bear spray has this spicy odor combined with the most sickly chemical sweet smell you can imagine. And wherever it touches your skin it will BURN. Dish soap to get the oils off and rag soaked in milk to stop the burning will be your best friend.
That night was spent with gloves and a respirator scrubbing the carpets with dish soap to get the oils out. Its gotten down to a mild odor, I just need to get the interior professionally cleaned now.
All in all, I would not recommend you set off bear spray in a car. Kind of makes for a bad day.
Edit: Added proof in the video description.
As one Reddit user so appropriately pointed out… that wont be on the Carfax report.
Lesson learned… Dont leave bear spray in the car.