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Pepper spray discharged inside Arkansas post office

Pepper Spray designed to ward off dogs sent several people to the hospital when the spray discharged inside a post office building in Pocahontas. (MGN Photo)

Pepper spray designed to ward off dogs sent several people to the hospital when the spray discharged inside a post office building in Pocahontas.

A hazmat team was called to the scene and 17 postal employees who suffered respiratory difficulties were taken to the hospital, say officials.

A school near the area was also placed on lockdown as a precaution.

Authorities say it's unclear how the spray went off inside the building.

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