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Miami-Dade Publix store evacuated due to pepper spray

1 person treated for difficulty breathing

MIAMI-DADE, Fla. – A Publix store in west Miami-Dade was evacuated because of pepper spray that was set off, authorities said.

The incident happened Wednesday at the Publix store at 87th Avenue and Flagler Street.

A customer had left behind the pepper spray. A worker picked up it up and somehow set it off. The store was evacuated and the mace was cleaned up.

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue officials said several people complained about feeling sick. One person was treated for difficulty breathing.

Hazmat crews were called to the store.