Multiple injured after ‘possible’ chemical release at Baltimore Pride event

Several people were injured after a “possible chemical agent” was released during the Baltimore Pride Parade Saturday night, according to Baltimore police.

Police said that shortly after 8:30 p.m., participants notified officers stationed at the parade that a chemical agent — potentially mace, hairspray or something else — had been released into the crowd. Police confirmed that he was not released by law enforcement.

Fireworks were also set off at the event, which police said caused a large crowd to flee, injuring several people. Police did not say whether all of the injuries were caused by the stampede or the chemical agent.

Firefighters treated the individuals at the scene and the event was shut down.

Police have not yet confirmed the type of chemical agent released. They said they did not have information at this time to conclude it was a targeted attack.

This isn’t the first Pride event this month to be disrupted.

In Poulsbo, Washington, 14 Pride banners were torn to pieces on June 5. On the social media platform And in Carlisle, Massachusetts, 200 Pride flags were stolen in the city center.

In May, the State Department issued a global security alert warning Americans abroad that terrorists may target lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people and LGBTQ-related events during the month pride.

“Due to the risk of terrorist attacks, protests, or violent actions against U.S. citizens and interests, the Department of State advises U.S. citizens overseas to exercise increased caution,” it said. the warning.

“The Department of State is aware of the increased potential for violence inspired by foreign terrorist organizations against LGBTQI+ people and events and advises U.S. citizens overseas to exercise increased caution. »

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