Bear spray empties Baptist church in Anchorage

By the Associated Press | January 9, 2012 | 10:22 AM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Authorities in Alaska say a church congregation in Anchorage evacuated Sunday morning services because of a carbon monoxide scare that turned out to be bear spray someone shot off in the basement.

KTUU reports ( ) 200 people fled Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church due to the strange smell and irritated throats.

Firefighters ventilated the church with fans. Anchorage police are investigating.