Accidental Pepper Spray Discharge Causes Delays on JFK AirTrain

An accidental pepper spray discharge sparked a hazmat investigation on board a John F. Kennedy Airport AirTrain at Jamaica Station, causing extensive delays for travelers Sunday morning.

According to the Port Authority, a cleaning worker was clearing out a garbage can when the pepper spray discharged just before 10:30 a.m.

Police initially said their investigation was because of a suspicious white powder, though that turned out not to be the case.

The AirTrain was placed back into service at around 11:20 a.m.

Six people who were affected by the pepper spray were seen by EMS workers, but refused medical attention.

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